Winter Wore a Raiment White

Winter wore a raiment white,
Checkered blue as snow in shade,
As he worked, amid the leaves,
In the Autumn golden sheaves,

Soon my season’s time will come,
Ever cool and never glum,
Winter wore his raiment white,
Checkered blue he took delight,

November must abate, and ends
Winter, Autumn – greatest friends.


Old September Corn

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast” – Solomon, Proverbs

September Corn was worn and brown
As snow was falling on the town
December frigid; foothills steep
The Angus herd stood close as sheep

Farm was closing, hands were glad
Save for one, a kindly lad
Who gleaned the edges of the field
And found the spare forgotten yield

He took the corn and drove the truck
Slow and steady through the muck
Beside the creek to feed the cows
Golden ears to help them drowse

Though gaining naught of strength or wealth
His sleep was wrought, at length with health.




The Angus bull, one chevalier,
The kind you’d like to buy a beer,
Of pumpkin scraps I made a hill,
Then there we sat; he ate his fill.

You get from him this leader feel;
Sort of like a reader, real.


Chevalier – a gallant or courtly gentleman


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.

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6 Responses

  1. Joe Tessitore

    Dear Neal,

    I love your work.

    I find it thought-provoking, atmospheric and very well-constructed.


    • Neal


      Thank you for the read and many thanks for the substantial remarks. Your description is exactly what I am after with my writing.

  2. Fr. Richard Libby

    Well done, Mr. Dachstadter. I especially enjoyed “Old September Corn”. I felt like I was watching the scene you described.

  3. Satyananda Sarangi

    Greetings Neal Sir,

    All the three are beautiful and pleasing.

    Regards and best wishes.


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