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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: Autumn steals the senses
By Keith Wallis
09/01/09


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Autumn steals the senses,
a crisp-gripping brightness
in the playground of leaves.
Trees loft a light-show
of dying greens,
transparent yellows,
polishings of bronze.

Impatient tomorrow waits
its cloak of unshading
the emptying branches,
a chilling call to winter;
the harbinger of fleeting days,
dragging nights,
and the mourning grey morning chill.

A dried leaf shuffle scoots on growing breezes
percussion for the beat of the day.
Birds gossip, gathering on platform limbs
waiting for their flight to be called,
air traffic control a wonder in the wind.

Autumn steals the senses,
the incense of fruit
beyond ripening
beckons bee and wasp
and drifts as a cloud.

The ghost of Summer smiles;
its new apparel
a golden expression,
a regal farewell.
The enjoyment of temporary calm
in this cacophony of colour
and shifting light
disguises the change.
To everything there is a season.

In the wings,
menace
understates
an insinuation of Winter.


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Lisa Johnson 09/07/09
I loved the lines about the birds waiting for their flights to be called by air traffic control...how clever.
Sunny Loomis 09/10/09
Very well done. Thank you.