before the first frost—so goes
the tale of winter branches and old bones.
Late season green and frost blue touch tomato green wings.
Sterling silver, fine silver, silver solder, acrylic, rose cut green tourmaline, aquamarine crystal specimen, real katidid insect wing specimens found in an ABQ garden.
Without a Light
Upon an Arc of White.
If Ruff it was of Dame
Or Shroud of Gnome
Himself himself inform.
Silvery and opal webs arc to the shroud of wing and leaf, and sparkle with an immortal drop of rock crystal.
Sterling silver, fine silver, silver solder, acrylic, boulder opal, "Herkimer diamond" quartz crystal, cottonwood leaf specimen found on a Rio Grande beach, grasshopper wing specimen found in an ABQ garden.
Step forth upon the hill,
And memories hard to bear at noon,
By moonlight harder still,
Form in the shadow of the trees, —
Things that you could not spare
And live, or so you thought, yet these
All gone, and you still there
Fleshy rhodochrosite steps forth upon hills of silver, forming shadows in tree green tourmaline and in the eye of a butterfly wing.
sterling silver, fine silver, quartz, tourmaline, rhodochrosite stalactite, butterfly wing specimen.
The first frost came early this year, leaving green tomatoes translucent and mapped in lacey veins. Each crevice and cleft is tangled in spider silk—in the waterspout, the Orb-Weaver’s catches the sun, stretching a rainbow bridge into the clear blue yonder. The veil is thin.
Shadow gathers earlier everyday, perfuming the air in woodsmoke and the cool exhale of fallen leaves. October’s full moon is for the hunter—the fields are clear, and the game is fat. Go into the bright night, and collect what you will need. The winter will be cold and dark.