Autumnal Reverie


Sweetly fragrant, white roses

Defy the twilit afternoon.

Beautyberries set purple accents

Though their leaves have gone to ground.

Firethorn and autumnal trees sparkle

Orange, red, and Golden

Along bent, narrow streets


A lost seagull pines for succour

That won’t come.

Survive at your peril.

A challenge for every bird

Every creature:

To live or die

As nature decides


Life is a circle

Where nothing is lost

While nature is ruling.

Upend it, and

The outcome

Will be grave



©HMH, 2022