Lake Superior Still Life by Richard Houff

Lake Superior Still Life

You study life within a mirror
and look close at the eyes that recite
a thousand stories remembering but one

It isn’t the lost brother
nor family members from long ago
that you see in a reflection

Now watch the decades fall through
your gaze before returning to that last
known place where a cruel November took
your special friend; leaving a stripped
shoreline in its wake where a crow rests
above at the furthest tip on a barren branch

A lone leaf refuses to fall

There is a smell of old pine in the distance
and never a rest


Richard D. Houff edited Heeltap Magazine and Pariah Press Books from 1986 to 2010. He is also a journalist that’s comfortable in writing both poetry and prose. His work has been published in Academic and Arts Review, Brooklyn Review, Chiron Review, Conduit, Louisiana Review, Midwest Quarterly, North American Review, Parnassus, Rattle, San Fernando Quarterly, and many other fine magazines.