Mandatory Recess: By myself

By Christina Shepherd McGuire // Photograph by Paulette Phlipot

I’ve been spending a lot of time
by myself.

Here, things just seem
more at peace.

As the last of summer makes its debut

… in the yellowing grasses,
with the breeze toppling them
like dominoes
before final harvest.

… in the bloom of the wildflower,
as it shouts a colorful call
while taking one final autumn breath. 

It’s in the oranges and reds
of the pumpkins and apples
that I taste the gather
of Thanksgiving.

But for now,
I prefer to be by myself.

Because nature’s conclusive message
can be missed when life
is too noisy.