Mildest Day, mid-November
It’s the mildest day in weeks, in the neighborhood the heat pumps are quiet
and where last night was dry wind raising the leaves for another ride tonight
the rain wanders in around dinnertime, so fine you can’t even feel it but in the beam
of a parked truck’s headlights it looks like it is pouring. Later it will rain hard
but it’s here mostly for the duration, to check off the seconds of the night, like a reminder,
that the next one will be colder and harder, and that after that there will be snow.