Farm Air and Poplar

Before the air be clearly cool,
In Georgia, Monticello, see,
Be one precursor of the rule,
That lower heat – humidity –

Be gaining ground and holding sway,
Embryonic, slight and small,
Be indicating potency,
In Autumn, on a sunny brae. (hill)

As Uncle Tom and I repaired
A barb wire fence, along the road,
A dry and cooling tuft of breeze,
It hit like snuff, enough to sneeze.

And in the field it’s good and soaked,
From sun and working hard as well,
And digging on an old post – oak,
Enables me to sense and tell,

What Gold on Poplar indicates,
As early as September states:
October and November fates,
Of cobalt skies, of long awaits,

Be on the way with golden leaf,
And holding sway, however brief.


beach photo
Photo by Hayden Geoffrey

Blue and Green

Crashing the arc of viridian green,
Cerulean blue be an ocean of sheen,
Green esprit heaving and lit from within,
Blue as the evening, and glinting the skin.




Neal Dachstadter is a poet living in Tennessee.  His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont).  A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International.  Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer.  In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico. 

Featured Image: “A Landscape With Cows On A Riverbank, A Farm Beyond” by Vester.

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