John A. Mills
The leaves are falling
This November day
Awashed in the cold sunlight.
The tomatillos are at last bursting their husks:
Just two -- destined for salsa;
Many more hard under their husks,
Doomed to end life there.
Two green Yellow tomatoes,
Green for weeks and weeks,
Never to ripened,
Are now helped by a brown paper bag.
Last Fruits holding on
In soil carpeted
With dry leaves, brown and orange
The remnants of Summer time --
The Last Harvest
John A. Mills is an ordained minister and endorsed chaplain in the United Church of Christ and an Associate Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. Rev. Mills is currently a hospice chaplain in New Jersey. His poetry has been published in various anthologies, including Hidden Roots, In Just One Day, To Taste Life, Catch the Moment all published by Penhaligon Page Ltd., and America At The Millennium, published by the International Library of Poetry. He has also published two poetry books at http://lulu.com: Living Faerie: Looking for the Green Man, an anthology of poetry and original art exploring the realm of faerie, and Mammon: A Poem In Three Acts, a poem-play about the current economic crisis. He has also composed a variety of poetry available at http://johnamills.com