Connie Jordan Green lives on a farm in East Tennessee where she writes and gardens.  She is the author of two award-winning novels for young people (The War at Home and Emmy) and two books of poetry (Slow Children Playing and Regret Comes to Tea). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Since 1978 she has written a weekly newspaper column for The Loudon County News-Herald. She leads writing workshops and teaches writing and literature courses for Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Studies.

November Moves In


She blows open the door,
slips the cloak from her shoulders—
shades of brown disguising
threads that once shone red, gold.

Hair like frost riming the pond,
body narrow as the garden scarecrow,
she roams hall and parlor,
tosses out autumn’s last vase of mums,
pulls moth-scented afghan from the closet,
peers up the fireplace chimney,
declares it too dangerous to use.

In the study, she flicks on the desk lamp,
takes out her favorite novel, Wuthering
, settles in. She expects a pot
of tea, crisp ginger cookies,
and later a bowl of soup, wants to know
if that over-dressed hussy October
has packed her bags and fled.

Satisfied, she tries to charm us,
promises turkey, dressing and, if we
treat her right, maybe a day of sunshine
before she calls in her dark-clad kin. 






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