how to know it’s september.

September 4, 2018

In cakes, plums.

At night, breezes.

Through hair, brushes. 

On heads, pigtails.

Over shoulders, backpacks.

In pouches, pencils.

Inside t-shirts, names.

On morning sidewalks, footsteps.

Under the fence, asters.

Among the milkweed, monarchs.

In treetops, gilded leaf tips.

On feet, new shoes. 

Under ankles, new blisters.

In schoolyards, children.

Along the fence, parents.

Inside rib cages, heartbeats (ba boom. ba boom. ba boom). 

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  • Reply Anna F September 4, 2018 at 8:28 am

    This is my absolute favorite series <3

    • Reply Enn September 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Agreed! Xo

  • Reply Jen September 4, 2018 at 8:33 am


  • Reply Jaan September 4, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful list.

  • Reply Aude September 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I adore these poems. Please keep writing them. They are so special.

  • Reply hannah September 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Gah, is there anything dreamier or more optimistic than a freshly sharpened pencil? September swoon.

  • Reply Eva September 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I love fall and all the backpacks 🙂

  • Reply Vero September 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    J’ai adoré! Merciiiii

  • Reply Cynthia September 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Your monthly sentiments plus a simple line drawing for illustration (has to be a pair of shoes for Sept) would make a lovely wall calendar I would buy for myself and others. A nice big one with your simple, beautiful aesthetic.

    • Reply Sasha L September 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      I would love one of these!

    • Reply Suzanne September 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      I agree. Was thinking about calendars too.

  • Reply Alix September 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    You’re getting breezes at night? Please send; melting.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Surely will by month’s end!

  • Reply Jessica Large September 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Back to school is such an exciting time! I love this little series and enjoying how the ways we spend our days / the things we notice differ.

  • Reply Laura September 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    These words are the picture of our experience these past two weeks.

  • Reply Mei September 5, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I love the simplicity of this series

  • Reply A-L September 5, 2018 at 1:06 am

    <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Mei September 5, 2018 at 2:00 am

    I love the simplicity of this series

  • Reply Lee September 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    love this–especially “among the milkweed, monarchs”

  • Reply suzanne September 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    your “you know it’s …” series is wonderful. the entries are like poems.

  • Reply Ali Enza September 12, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Love this! Such beautiful words and description!

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