Neil Powell

November

(for Louis Milling,
b. 24th November 2016)

November is reticent,
muffled in minor-key shades,
its shifting greys overlaid
with rusty gold and russet,
and fading flickering greens
turning marshy underfoot.

A November afternoon’s
like the fifth act of a play
or final movement nearing
its recapitulation;
such suspended energy
withholding the dénouement.

But turn the corner and light
will splinter into your eyes,
as the lurking sun supplies
a scattered benediction.
November’s enviable:
don’t let them say otherwise.

NEIL POWELL was born in London in 1948. He was educated at Sevenoaks School, where he founded and edited the award-winning magazine Verve; and at the University of Warwick. Between 1967 and 1970 he was editor of Tracks, and in 1969 won a Gregory Award. He was the founder-owner of The Baldock Bookshop in Hertfordshire; and since 1990 he has been a full-time author and editor, living in Suffolk. His books include eight collections of poetry.