Autumn and the fall |

Autumn and the fall

Dear Editor:

Leaves quiver golden against the backdrop

of the wine-dark sky, spinning one last dance before

the cold embrace of winter. The brilliance dazzles.

A light snowfall covers the mountaintop, painted

dusky rose by the lingering kiss of the setting sun.

Time moves on, each season dancing to a different hue.

I too twirl in the champagne air in the autumn

of my life and, like the foliage, soon the frosty kiss

of winter snow will come to claim me too.

Then, ecstatically exhausted like the leaves, I will

spin one last effervescent turn to sink into the arms

of winter’s frozen splendor, and gently fall to earth.

Catherine Garland


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