Konner Jebb’s “October”

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October by Konner Jebb


Auburn heat blushes. Breezes

burst summer swiftness into

slow chilled fall wind. It’s slow,


steady enough that I reflect

on all the synonyms of me.

Do I still don knit sweaters


like skin, let my feet crawl

under sidewalked leaves, breathe

and celebrate every inhale.


Every crunch. Am I still

a lover of Autumn?  Deity of harvest,

next cycles, resets. Rebirth,


when optimism falls from my grasp the way

leaves reject branches of their trees –

dying before winter gifts


the next second chance.
What am I nostalgic for?

Konner Jebb is a graduate of the Solstice MFA program. He most recently had work published in Strange Horizons and Trans Café.

On why poetry matters: “Poetry is a way of expressing one’s true self without fear. It turns fear into beauty.”