Dogs 2013

SMALL FALL FLAME
(11/15/13)


to be
the first one
in the building
this morning

to turn
off
the alarm

turn
on
the lights

walk
down
the hall

see
a tiny
yellow and red
fiery autumn
leaf
blazing
in the middle
of a drab beige
and olive
carpet

to have
this bright
dead
arboreal parchment
burn
into my wondering
brain

the offices
are otherwise
immaculate
from the janitor's
efforts
the evening
before

how
did this little
color conflagration
arrive

survive

to greet
me
today?

I see
millions
of them
inundating
the outdoor
landscape

but this
one
seems
special

miraculous

I pick
it up
and take it
with me
to my desk

tape it
to my computer
monitor

smile

and forget
all about
my overflowing
inbox

for a minute
or two