Beyond the pearled horizon
lies the twilight of the year.
A time when wood smoke fills the air
and the pageant of nature begins to appear.
A small wooden cottage lies
nestled in the countryside
amid the branches with amber eyes,
beneath the flawless turquoise skies.
In the stillness of this place,
you hear explosions of orange and yellow
when leaves spark into wild colors
crimson, russet and amber mellow.
That touch of something in the air,
the crackling of leaves underfoot—
here in the magic of autumn,
the bonfires burn and turn to soot.
When lonely birds no longer sing,
you’ll hear the whirlwind.
Sounds of leaves being tossed
in the damps of rain and the autumn frost.
Fretted by the ticking clock,
a new season makes the call—
a beautiful blanket of silvery threads
begins its annual wintering fall.
Joanne Kenzy retired from teaching in 2005 and enjoys retirement with family in Spokane, Washington. Check her out at www.thepoetqueen.com.
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