Sunday, December 1, 2019



October Dying

Green to brown to dust.
Iron to rust.
Summer songs to dirge.
Colors all purge.
Leaves fall, bondage free,
whirling dervishes in flight.
Cool embrace of autumn’s kiss,
an omen not to be spurned.
Sun blindingly low in sky,
as evening invades.
Birds on wing abandon youth,
migration beckons forth.
Muted shadows walk past
the dying of another year.
Ominous winter wind shuts
its door to the ghosts of summer.


June, July, August,
summer here and gone.
September, October, November,
on the cusp of winter.
Cold December rain
falls from a slate sky.

Touched by the chill of winter,
mockingbird cries out
its shrill refrain.
A deep trance overcomes
a sleepy world entombed
in luminous glass.

January, February,
await return of warmth.
Cycles of repentance
speed past the epoch of creation.
March, April, May
see beyond the wish,
to bring us home again.

Shadowed Years

I can no longer say
“when I grow old.”
I am here.
I have reached the
point of life where
penumbras close in,
where night follows day
leaving evening behind.

Looking in the mirror,
a stranger stares back
at me with vacant eyes
and pewter hair.
Once stylish clothes
now hang limp and twisted,
on a body of the same -
limp and twisted.

My words now jejune,
I write for the dust.
Parlor games and puzzles
fill my muddled day,
as memories lapse,
and I doze into a dream.

Brittle bones and
aching joints
join the heartache
of lost loves.
All crumble out of an
existence that once
held vibrant joy.

What used to matter,
no longer does.
Pretty is just a word.
Youth a distant fantasy.
A life of repentance
follows me as I enter
the shadowed years.


ANN CHRISTINE TABAKA was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books.  Christine lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Burning word Literary Journal; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.

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