Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Autumn is Drumming - Published by: Nature Writing: You are Nature, Writing

Autumn Is Drumming


Oak and hickory trees surround a clapboard house

and a mahogany porch capped by a pine rail.

Acorns beat and tap in late summer,

percussion plays day and night.

They whack, crack, cascade down the roof,

sail in the air, thwack the deck, clink on slate,

ricochet off clapboards,

land with a whump in moss.

It’s raining nuts.

Snare, bass and timpani

strike out a beat in 3 and 9 time.

They pummel the house, yard and driveway

making a feast for crows, squirrels and moles.

Not long ago, this rain song meant bounty.

People would gather and eat acorns,

now we step on them, crunch them

and resent their knocking on the roof

Season tapers, song fades.

Oak trees beat one last roll

to send the red throated hummers south,

trees go silent when they leave.


Date published:  September 20, 2017



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