Conditions Between Seasons

Snow evaporates –
emerald threads emerge over septic systems,                                     respond to above and below warming.
Deceived Canada geese arrive
the day before a blustery tempest,
look for open water,
fooled by lamb behavior in fickle early March,
unprepared for freezing wind,
for late snow rages –

When misreading a situation,
blunders and stumbles
are familiar conditions. 

 
 
Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams, professor emerita, taught Cultural Design at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point for 27 years. A Chicago-area native, she moved to central Wisconsin many years ago, and lives eight miles from a village of 1300 and 25 miles from any place larger. She began writing poetry in 2013 and has been published in online and print journals and anthologies including Fox Cry, Liquid Imagination, Midwest Review, Poetry Quarterly, Stoneboat, Third Wednesday, Negative Capability Anthology and others. Her first chapbook The Port Side of Shadows: Poems of Travel – Inner, Outer and Uncharted Places was released from Finishing Line Press in 2017. Williams is at work on a full-length collection and a second chapbook and feels it is never too late to begin something new.