When the leaves
begin to turn
and the nights
and the chill
When the familiar
becomes new again
we know
we are home

Andrew Shattuck McBride


This was sort of a warm up poem for me, in getting ready to participate in the August 2012 postcard poetry project. I used an antique card of Lake Samish and I5 south of here. I sent the card to my good friend Jennifer of Bellingham, Washington.

Blessings to Jennifer and her family, and all.

Sincerely, Andy


About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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7 Responses to When

  1. tsena says:

    i am glad we met finally! this is a great short piece. it is great to read your work. since your style and subjects are different than mine; i find myself inspired to write about more than my internal angst. 😉

    • Dear tsena, me too. You have such a warm, kind presence.
      Thank you very much for your kind comments on “When.” I wrote this for Jennifer–you met her at CSWT.
      Please do write about anything and everything you’re interested in writing about!
      Jack McCarthy–a poet I admire greatly–wrote something like “I don’t have to write the best poem about a subject. I have to write my best poem about a subject.” [my italics]
      Blessings to you and yours, Andy

  2. Lisa Stillman says:

    Love the way your writing evokes pictures and emotions. Again, thanks for sharing it.

  3. Lisa, thank you so much! Blessings, Andy

  4. tsena,
    Meeting you at CSWT and talking with you and Jennifer about poetry and blogging led me directly to writing posts and posting poems again–after a long hiatus.
    Thank you!
    Sincerely, Andy

  5. I can only conclude that your good friend Jennifer of Bellingham, Washington must have been mightily pleased to have received this excellent poem from you.

    • Dear Jennifer,
      I can only hope that she likes it.
      A key thing for me is that YOU wrote that it’s an “excellent poem.” I may start levitating yet!
      You are always so kind–thank you very much. Sincerely, Andy

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