It is a time of gathering.
with little gain,
we pick among the skeletal vines—
with amulets to ward off
the weariness of winter.
There is a turning here.
discarded like a faded friendship
I fear the time approaches
when I would willingly sell my soul
for one more day
to breathe the autumn in with joy.
and witness the harvest
with these two eyes.
Steve Deutsch’s work has recently appeared or is upcoming in Thimble Magazine, The Muddy River Poetry Review, Ghost City Review, Borfski Press, Streetlight Press, Gravel, Literary Heist, Nixes Mate Review, Third Wednesday, Misfit Magazine, Word Fountain, Eclectica Magazine, and The Ekphrastic Review. In 2017, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His Chapbook, Perhaps You Can, will be published next year by Kelsay Press.