Enter autumn as you would
a closing door. Quickly,
cautiously. Look for something inside
that promises color, but be wary
of its cast — a desolate reflection,
an indelible tint.
~Pamela Steed Hill “September Pitch”
Summer begins to have the look
Peruser of enchanting Book
Reluctantly but sure perceives–
A gain upon the backward leaves
Autumn begins to be inferred
By millinery of the cloud
Or deeper color in the shawl
That wraps the everlasting hill.
The eye begins its avarice
A meditation chastens speech
Some Dyer of a distant tree
Resumes his gaudy industry.
Conclusion is the course of All
Almost to be perennial
And then elude stability
Recalls to immortality.
~Emily Dickinson, Poem 65
This hot summer now wanes, wistful;
it has the look of packing up,
and moving on
without bidding adieu
or looking back over its shoulder.
I wave goodbye without regret; it leaves behind a hot mess
of burned landscape and drought.
Blustery winds have carried in darkening clouds
spread green leaves, chestnuts and walnuts everywhere,
loosened before their time.
Long overdue rain
gave us a good drenching
Overhead skies are heavily burdened
with clues of what more is coming:
the cool feel of moisture,
the deepening graying purplish hues,
the briskness of breezes.
There is no negotiation possible.
I steel myself and get ready,
wrapping myself in my perennial soft shawl of inevitability.
So autumn advances forth with its clouds,
taking up residence as summer moves out,
bringing its own unique plans for redecorating
using an array of hues and textures.
The truth is we’ve seen nothing yet.
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