Monday, October 26, 2009

The Elm's Gone Golden Leaves

Wintergreen oil transfer print

The Maple's scarlet foliage
And the Elm's gone-golden leaves
Let loose upon a cooler air
To ride a whimsy wind

They loop-the-loop
A dart, a glide
A pin-wheel turn, then
Angle towards the ground

I shuffle through their quiet gatherings
Chase them into rounded piles
Cupped and curled like hands waving
They are off in a rustle of laughter

I know these tricks
But still I stare
At gaunt limbs
And barren branches

So soon their clatter softens
And dampness presses secrets deep
Into earth-brown beds for quiet sleep
Under Early snow.

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