Parting Shot

Photographed by Matt Garner.

Photographed by Matt Garner.

The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples
The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence
Under a moon waning and worn, broken,
          Tired with summer.

Let me remember you, voices of little insects,
Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters,
Let me remember, soon will the winter be on us,
          Snow-hushed and heavy.

—From “September Midnight” by Sara Teasdale