Poets corner

One Night Stand

Autumnstruts

into the room

calling attention to

herself with

too much

makeup

too loud

colors

swinging

her broad hips

in an ostentatious

public display

leaving little to

the imagination.

Loud, brassy,

garish and gaudy.

Full of herself.

Making impossible

promises she has

no intention of

keeping.

— Chris Curtin, Nashville

Brown Leaves

The hardest things we do in life are the easy things,

The small things that require a regularity,

A persistence even when no one knows.

And the sweat and the toil

Have some place in us

Even when it seems to be only embraced by the ground.

We survive greater things

Because that is the choice

And we can feel the love of others

And we can once again react to the unknown.

But the unknown never leaves us,

We are perennials

That reach for the sun to the end of the season

And die to be born to another.

— Neil Frederick, Brown County

Brown County residents or former residents can submit original poems to be published in Poets’ Corner by emailing them to newsroom@bcdemocrat.com or mailing to P.O. Box 277, Nashville, IN 47448.

Include your name and town of residence.