Song at End of Summer: A Poem by David Oestreich

By David Oestreich


Song at End of Summer

walkingJust in time, October
slips into Ohio’s lowlands;

at night, our window opens
on the drumming of owls or

tree frogs’ glib appreciation
for returning rain. Just in time,

the dawn falls just a bit
behind. Just in time, I wake

to find your arm about my waist.

David Oestreich is the author of Cosmophagy, a chapbook forthcoming from Folded Word Press.  His poems have appeared in various venues including Chagrin River Review, Ruminate, Tar River Poetry, and Electica.  He lives in Northwest Ohio with his wife and three children.

Cover art and original illustration by Christine Stoddard. This piece is titled Walking Backwards Into Time. You can find more of her artwork at her website.



  1. Nice poem. It captures the awakening needs of this time of year, the loneliness of fading beauty and haunting sounds, that stirs us to gratitude for connection with those we love.

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