Fall Setting

Catholic Poetry Room

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jen Mannino.                                                                                                                             


Fall Setting

Through the northern fall
morning darkness
The second floor bedroom lights
Sunset with slipper shuffles
Down to first floor lights
Glinting off breakfast coffee
A warm dark starting
Inside a chill that surrounds
Chill heard loudly
In wave-crashing winds
Surfing rhythmically
through once-leaved branches
Another sunset
Bright sunglow leaves
Under night’s darkness
Sink from tree to earth
Dawn comes soon
Winter joins on its heels
But spring is prepared


Jennifer Mannino has puttered on and off with poetry since high school. God has brought into her life her the deep blessings of a 20-year loving marriage, two amazing children, and an adorable dog. She has degrees in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University – New Orleans. She has lived in Wisconsin, England, Alabama, Louisiana, California, Guam, and now resides in Portland, Oregon. She greatly enjoys coaching a Roman Catholic Challenge team for her daughter’s middle school & keeping up with her family’s many activities. She finds the gift of poetry to be a particularly gentle, loving extension of God’s voice in her life that comes and goes as the Spirit leads.

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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.


Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for IntegratedCatholicLife.org and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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