Autumn

green leaves of many hues
mint, chartreuse, olive, fern, forest
clinging tightly to life
when the season changed
     all at once
and the air grew colder
the wind stronger
from the north hinting at winter’s icy fingers
life draining from the leaves
changing them to reds and golds
     drying them
until they no longer had a firm grip on their branches and twigs
so letting go
one by one
twirling to the ground
scattering across the yard
piling against the fence
whispering

next year, next year

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