Autumn leaves


Beginning to mourn the passing of fall’s color
I’m reminded
of the beauty in silhouettes
magnificent, naked, frameworks
of perfection
design and function
peeking through
then standing out
proudly exposed

Revealing each tree anew
as its bright life dives underground
leave-ing bare
the invisible promise
of renewed pacts with spring
in every whorl and crooked branch
the former hosts to overflowing exuberant activity

creaking and swaying
in newly harsh winds
they are transformed
into streamlined icons
of life’s invincibility
and renewable essence

Surely the witness’s reward
not loss


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