Dogs 2010

FALL AFLAME
(11/9/10)


for a
nature
who seems
very deliberate
in her use
of color
I wonder
at the purpose
of the annual
arboreal
brilliance

celebration?

one last
dazzling display
of contrasting
hues
to put
an entertaining end
to a half year's
domination
of green

alarm?

foul weather
warning flags
telling us
to hunker
down
for the
coming
freezing storms
or winter

goodbye?

reflection
of the reds
yellows
and oranges
of the sun
slipping
so surely
beneath the horizon
more and more
each day

perhaps
the foliage
simply brings
our attention
to the end
of one cycle
so that we are
reminded
to look for
the coming
of the next

where
we see
death
life will return
for those
who survive
to see
the spring

hope
for most
of us

a fitting
farewell
for the
rest