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© janet m. webb

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The first leaf fell today,
	lacking even grace of color,
to lie quiescent on the sidewalk
	‘til wind-blown travel claimed it.
Soon millions more will throw themselves
	to willing death,
flaming brightly before reduced to
	crackling beneath feet in futile protest.

Days grow shorter, nights stretch longer,
	nights where passion once flamed brightly,
now passing also into death,
	unwilling on my part,
	kamikaze-like on yours.

The fire that now burns
	devours all the love
	and leaves not even embers
	that soft breath could coax back to life.

Autumn's harbingers
Lie dying before my eyes
Love once green now dead

© janet m. webb 2016

As the days shorten, it becomes easier to catch the early morning light, even if you’re not a morning person.  The colors of summer are fading, leaving a few hardy flowers, bright berries, wild grapes, and the changing leaves.  Wind teases the fluffy milkweed seeds that cling for another moment to their pods, outlined by the sun.

© janet m. webb 2016

Autumn Movement
Carl Sandburg

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper
sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.

The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes,
new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind,
and the old things go, not one lasts.

Autumn’s faces

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Miscellaneous
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No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.
[The Autumnal]
~John Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose

A week ago, autumn arrived for me when I slipped into flannel-lined jeans to bundle up for the Saturday morning farmers market.  Officially, I think it arrived last night, when I donned flannel pajamas and then, this morning, flipped the “Heat” switch on the thermostat to “Auto”, albeit with the temperature set quite low, just enough to take the daunting chill from the air.  I’ll turn it down again tonight for perfect sleeping temperature.

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© janet m. webb 2016

Although autumn is quickly approaching with its neutral color palette, there are still pink, white, and purple flowers adorning the prairie, such as this echinacea/purple coneflower.  Soon there will be brightly colored leaves, but for now, we’ll enjoy the last of the summer flowers.

© janet m. webb 2016