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The Call of the Earth’s Magnetic Field
Stephen Anderson


We go into the fall forest
And dance the perennial song
Of its waving colors, and
In the distance the honking
Serenade of Canada Geese —
Both signals of time changing,
Of things to come now that
the days shorten and light
Rations itself less generously.

It's firepit time for those willing
to brave the cold night air, those
Willing to listen to the serenade of winter
Looming just above the now almost
Bare tree tops, as warned by the internal
Gyroscopes of the geese
Now headed south somewhere
beyond the southern vista.

© by Stephen Anderson.
Used with author's permission.

Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin poet and translator whose award-winning work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and has been featured on the Milwaukee NPR affiliate, WUWM Lake Effect Program. Stephen is the author of three chapbooks and three full length collections, and several of his poems formed the text for a song cycle in The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, a chamber music composition performed by members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. A fourth poetry collection, On the Third Planet from the Sun: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in the summer of 2024 (Kelsay Books). Stephen’s work is being archived in the Stephen Anderson Collection in the Raynor Libraries at Marquette University.



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Lori Levy:
Love the "waving colors" and the geese and the firepit and the understatement of "light/Rations itself less generously."
Posted 11/19/2022 12:40 PM
Thank you for this call to look up, to listen for the geese as Autumn s passing by.
Posted 11/19/2022 12:39 PM
Wilda Morris:
"Gyroscopes of geese" is an interesting phrase! I see them turning in air, and/or rotating to a new leader. Thank you for this version of autumn!
Posted 11/19/2022 10:41 AM
Posted 11/19/2022 10:07 AM
I love the sound of those birds overhead.
Posted 11/19/2022 09:23 AM
Larry Schug:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Stephen, for nor referring to the the geese as "Canadian" geese which many people do. It's one of my major pet peeves. I very much like the title of this poem--a mini lesson on migratory biology. The tone of this work fits it perfectly
Posted 11/19/2022 08:31 AM

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