How to Tune a Mind

If you wait long enough
and the wind
is quite right
each illuminated hardwood
will select you
and send or drop
one yellow
then one red leaf
at a time, until
what you thought
were the sounds of them
hitting the forest floor
turns out to be
one of those big
red-headed woodpeckers
letting you see it
feeding on whatever
insects are still alive
in a brief patch
of sunlight.

Chad Norman lives and writes in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. His poems have appeared over the years in journals off and online around the world. His latest collection is Selected & New Poems, Mosaic Press, 2016.

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3 Responses to How to Tune a Mind

  1. druekberg says:

    Nice poem. I love the transformations.

  2. varjakBaby says:

    I liked this poem except for “one of those”, didn’t seem to fit.

  3. Neha Sharma says:

    Such vivid imagination! 🙂

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