November Dawn In Northwood


Nature’s fan turns
Fingers sing
Where winter has dramatised the trees.
Beside the drive
Dropped leaves are cupped with frost.

In six o’clock light
Dawn comes.
Thin songs are jerky, interrupted
By chattering
Of birds’ beaks amid ruffled sleepy feathers.

The milkman’s step.
Gravel crunches up the drive.
The house
Suspended above is quiet.
The holly is still as the wind drops.

The bang of glass bottles
Against the step.
The faint sigh as the float slips into life.
And disappears …

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on November 26, 2011, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This poem puts me in the mood for the holidays.

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  2. This brings back memories of not-so-long-ago. You could set your watch by the milkman’s cart and, I’d forgotten, but it did sigh when it started up again… Lovely descriptions.

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  3. Such vivid depictions…
    I feel as if I am there, in the morning, viewing the scene through the words of a masterful narrator. A well crafted fraction of life. Great work

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    • The trick here was using the senses, especially that of hearing: the sounds set against the silence from which each emerges. (But I don’t want to give away too many tricks of the trade. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

      And once again, many thanks for your kind words, which are much appreciated.


  4. Wow. This is such a romantic poem of nature and season change. Good job ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thanks! Science Fiction, eh? Which authors do you like?


      • Yes, Sci-Fi really appeals to me ๐Ÿ™‚ In terms of general authors I worship Conrad McCarthy. “The Road” is my favourite novel. Other than that I thoroughly enjoy Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Orwell’s “1984.” I’m really into futuristic dystopian novels. What about you? What authors do you like?

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  5. I will mention just a few of ones I rate most highly. Sheri S Tepper, Philip K Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Samuel R. Delany, (As you can see, it helps if they use the first letter of their middle nameto identify themselves publicly ๐Ÿ™‚ ) And if you enjoy futuristic dystopias, you should not miss “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell. although it has more than that in it.


  6. Such a lovely November poem with a tad of nostalgic of the sound from days that are long gone ..
    Much enjoyed, Ben.

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