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OH, NO, NOVEMBER, NOT AGAIN! ~ A Poem by Al Young


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OH, NO, NOVEMBER, NOT AGAIN!

Nobody knows November better than
all those on whom November zeroes in
real close, real hard. From Mendocino cold
to stark Kern County homelessness, behold
the ways we come at holidays: We scheme,
we borrow, break down, beg & pray & dream.

Why sport November? Try another shot.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, voting year or not
— eliminate the holidays. Postpone.
What makes us want to hibernate & groan
about how dark & cold our mornings get?
Just picture Turlock turkeys gobbling wet,
well-doctored feed, an evil meal, their last.
Feast on the breast & meat Novembers cost.
Dig into cooked root veggies, fallen leaves,
& smell the yawning earth; the way she loves
a coat or shawl or sweater fuzzed with lichen.

Time out. Oh, no, November, not again!
Our Veteran’s Day (once called Armistice Day),

the Bay of Pigs, the hit on JFK,

Presidio of Monterey, Seal Beach,

Fort Pendleton, McClellan, Travis. “Reach

for the sky, partner. And don’t nobody move!”

The stage-coach robs us now. Do you need proof?

Nobody knows November better than

all those on whom November zeroes in.

©2012 Al Young



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One Response to “OH, NO, NOVEMBER, NOT AGAIN! ~ A Poem by Al Young”

  1. Barbara J. Tierney Says:

    ….but the sky is so blue and cloudless……oh yes oh yes…..and while the snow falls in the East I will be languishing in the luck of living with sunlight, music from a piano in units below me here in the Land of Lethos called Emeryville. Love always, Barbara

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