October Haiku We are gifted withyellow, rust, scarlet visionsand, sadly, foresight. Sparks and Ashes Livid and luminous,fireworkingbranches electrifyskulkingskies. Darkness beckonswith its murky secrets,its royal sadness,its reverberating silences. Time to treadthe circular stair-case ofchronology,eyes filled withsparksandashes. Testimony Think the oddsare stacked againstyou? Consider this: The minute you dip onetoe in the froth, theOcean belongs to you. As soon as you forgetwho you think you are,you discover Who you are. Even if you take onlyone small bite of Love’s buffetyou’ll never go hungry again. Catherine Wald's chapbook, Distant, burned-out stars, was published in 2011 (Finishing Line Press); poems have appeared in American Journal of Nursing, Chronogram, Exit 13, Friends Journal, Westchester Review and on www.classicalpoets.org. She is author of The Resilient Writer: Tales of Rejection and Triumph from 23 Authors (Persea 2004) and articles in Journal of Creative Nonfiction, Poets & Writers and Writer’s Digest.