Jerome L. McElroy

Saint Mary’s College

Notre Dame IN 46556

jmcelroy@saintmarys.edu

                                                           

 

 

Autumn Ricochet*

 

Spiking down western flanks

through brook-broken aspen groves

a slant of dawn shoots

a russet maple rose

.

and stills across moving glass

against a tilted granite face

spraying sparks of gold

toward cobalt sky--

 

like the first waking flash

from a school boy’s eyes

that ricochets through

wooded windows back

 

when kitchen quiet

thunders home it’s Saturday

breaking his lips apart

at the sweet taste of light.

 

 

Jerome L. McElroy

 

 

 

            *Accepted in the Aurorean (Autumn 2011)