Saturday, November 5, 2016


Autumn stretches and settles now
Her call of beauty heeded
Over and done, her color-show
Expectation exceeded

She lays her head on summer shed
And lifts a toast to winter
While some onlookers ache with dread
And others host a shiver

Her limb and scrim a farewell hymn
To nature’s leafy laughter
And hillside lamplight growing dim
Poised on the brim of After

© Janet Martin

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