Poetry: “November Idyll”

Below, a spare poem by David Lee, from the November/December 2007 issue of Orion, to leave you with an image for Thanksgiving. And if you are curious about Leviticus 7: 12-15, it is, in fact, instructions for making an offering of thanksgiving to God. The offering “must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.” The great table cloth, shaken. —Hannah Fries, Poetry Editor

November Idyll: After the still life
Leviticus 7:12-15

Above the grain field stubble
a lift of cranes

like a great table cloth

-David Lee

Read more poetry published in Orion, here.


  1. Shared this poem on my Facebook page for a November photo/poem. Included a pix of sand hill cranes just lifting off…beautiful images in both photo and poem…thanks, Orion!

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