Poem: Local Summer Lore | Poetry | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Poem: Local Summer Lore 

     “It seemed to me... that those times and those summers
     had been infinitely precious and worth saving.“

“Once More to the Lake,” E. B. White


RIP Charlie Spanhake
2/6/13, aged 90, Wittenberg Valley Elder

     The same day the papers announced the frogs were
disappearing—had already, without our noticing,
disappeared—a moose was seen down in the valley.

     Well, I was right glad about that because after all,
when one thing goes, another comes along to take its place.
I believe that is written in the Bible.

     I know I will miss my frogs; their voices keep the night
busy. They give the kids something to do in summer
leaping around in the pond muck.

     Never in recorded history have we had a moose this far
south. But we’ve always had frogs, and now they
say frogs are vanishing—snap—like that.

     I haven’t seen the moose yet myself, but I’ve sure heard
lots about it. It’ll be lonesome if there’s only one. At least
the frogs never had that problem around here.

     Down the hill, when folks gather, I know they talk about me,
say I don’t keep up with all the newer ways, but what they mean
is I don’t like to listen to all their chatter.

     Still plenty of frogs in my pond. Still no moose in my yard.
Still sitting on my porch swing waiting for the big
change. They say it’s coming. They say.
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Pop-Up Exhibition @ Local Artisan Bakery

Pop-Up Exhibition

Nov. 2-Dec. 30 — Featuring: Amanda Light, Kasmira Demyan, Not Just Rainbows (Logan Lapointe), Nicole Saunders...
Teen Voices Rising: A Spoken Word Workshop and Public Performance  for Hudson Valley Youth @ One EPIC Place

Teen Voices Rising: A Spoken Word Workshop and Public Performance for Hudson Valley Youth

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4 — Teen Voices Rising is an opportunity for Hudson Valley Youth to come...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Nightclub Revel 32 Opens in Historic Downtown Poughkeepsie Building
  • Nightclub Revel 32 Opens in Historic Downtown Poughkeepsie Building

    A “Dress to Impress Party” will unveil the new music venue and event facility on November 23.
    • Nov 15, 2019
  • A Heaping Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings
  • A Heaping Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings

    The weather is turning colder, but we’ve got all of your hot Hudson Valley action right here. Readings, rock ’n’ roll, and renewable energy—plus more!
    • Nov 13, 2019
  • Follow that Spark: Brooklyn Designer Turns Farm Visit into Book that Gives Back
  • Follow that Spark: Brooklyn Designer Turns Farm Visit into Book that Gives Back

    In August, Brooklyn-based digital designer Michelle Layne Lawson read an article on Chronogram's website about Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a 150-acre farm animal sanctuary in Columbia County that was struggling to raise funds to stay afloat. Within a few days, Lawson was on her way up to Hudson to visit the farm. And what began as casual cute animal pics turned into a coffee table book that is being sold to raise funds for the sanctuary and a renewed sense of creative vocation. Don't mind us, we're just sobbing over here.
    • Nov 12, 2019
  • More »