The Fog of October is Pamela Denyes’ call to the wild, an invitation to look beneath the surface of the mundane–to the mysticism beyond the veil. With an owl as the narrator’s guide on a misty autumnal morning, the narrator heeds the demand for transformation in an increasingly artificial and stagnant world.
The Fog of October
A young male owl calls out
at dawn in October’s fog.
His voice still new and thin
as he practices his lover’s song.
In autumn’s early days
perhaps he speaks to me,
calls me to remember my path,
to rise higher and hear my own voice.
Yes, it is a timely announcement
of change and growth for me.
His very verbal presence in this forest
pulls my attention into focus.
This misty morn he moves me
to look beneath the surface,
urges my attention to the hidden:
See beyond what you are watching.
Pamela’s poems are published in the Virginia Bards Central Review, Virginia Writers Club Journal, Wingless Dreamer, Poetry Society of Virginia Journal and in several volumes of international collections published by The Poet Magazine and Vallum Poetry (forthcoming). Her chapbook, “Renewal” received an Honorable Mention in a 2020 National Poetry Writing Month Contest. In 2019 Pamela won the Hampton Roads Writers Conference Poetry Contest for her poem “Mrs. Creekmore’s May Peas,” about the mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Though just recently turning to creative writing endeavors, Pamela’s career-based writing has included contracted nonfiction, instructional design and manuals, developmental and copy editing, and online/print writing for her regional newspaper and internet gateway. You can reach her thorough her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.