Sept. 23: Autumn Ode

What’s in a name?

Autumnal Equinox, to my ears:

hot buttered rum

then

a horse smashing stained glass.

Onomatopoeia, synesthesia? 

A Mary Poppins duet?

The Latin antecedent is “aequinoctium”

a.k.a. “equal night” 

followed by “sequel night”

or Nextnoctium

a sleep aid

For procrastinators.

If we were stamping passports

Some say the Autumnal Equinox arrives

the Friday prior

But we’re not

so some wag nudged the

editorial calendar

and named the time

of equal light and dark

Bisexuality Day

which is exactly

too clever by half.

Rabbit Hole:

Typewriters in Fall: DHowell.com

William Carlos Williams on Autumn: Poetry Foundation

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe: Spruce Eats

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