The Fall

These dark, autumn mornings,
and yesterday’s indifferent rain,
the calendar bothered by subsiding sun,
and some made up bullshit – daylight savings.
You can’t save something that isn’t there.
You can’t simply rename time,
expecting it to change.
What is this, politics?
Spin it and it’s true?
Today is Monday. It’s dark at six,
morning and early evening, okay?

Deal with shorter days.
Deal with suffocation of the light.
Deal with the evening news.
It’s just a premonition.

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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