Early Autumn

by | Oct 20, 2016 | Poetry

She’d known hours before
he’d flicked off the cassette
and told her it was over
and there was no “bottom,”
no night-storm, no puke to
mop up; a blessed change
would come, as it always did,
in the gradual unfolding,
moment to moment, of
Hodges’ sax slipping into
“The Mooch” as they stood
on the deck, the air chilling
to autumn, and he’d taken
another pull on his beer – his
last before rehab and a wolf
faced man greeted them with
undo cheer at the clinic
door: just then she thought
she heard, must have heard,
a woman sighing in the muffled
distance. But how indifferent
she felt, how evenly spread out
was her indifference as she
watched his goofy smile spasm
into tears. Then her car ride home,
the road spitting gravel.




Photo “Leaf on Deck” by David Olimpio.

About The Author

Tony Whedon

Tony attended Goddard College, The New School for Social Research, and the University of Guananajuato in Mexico. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and an MFA from the VT College of Fine Arts. In 2010, he retired from his position as Professor of Creative Writing at Johnson State College. He has also taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia; at the University of Maryland overseas campus in Madrid, Spain; and at Champlain College in Vermont. From 1989-’90 he was a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China.