© 2024 WYSO
Our Community. Our Nation. Our World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Poor Will's Almanack: November 21 - 27, 2023

Cincinnati - Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum "Dexter Mausoleum & Lady Trumpeter"
David Ohmer
Flickr Creative Commons

Poor Will’s Almanack  in the time of late fall in the time of the Gourd Moon and now in the time of the low sun in Sagittarius.

As late fall deepens into Sagittarius, I find it impossible to keep track of all the trees I've been watching.

I have a hard time remembering which tree where lost its leaves when and how. 

I often rely on my old journals Combining notes from other years with the new notes seems to make time more real.

I want this autumn to happen again to specific trees at sepecific times, not just to trees in general in the broad expanse of October and November. 

I connect my trees to parallel events that complement and fulfill the dramatic end of the world's year in this place.

I count absences. I list memories, making inventories of summer's plants and flowers and insects and storms, and on and on.

For there is no amount of enumeration that suffices. 

I cannot pause to look at every object, every particle, to understand how one blends into another and is related to another and is reminiscent of another and depends on another and is prophetic of another, no matter how much minding and repeating, retelling, reminiscing I do.

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. I’ll be back again next week with more notes on the seasons. In the meantime, don't do what I've been doing. Just let all those leaves go the way of all leaves.

Stay Connected
Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.