That Autumn

There is the yellow
fanning goodbye from branches of trees.
The hungry wasps, skinny waists, yellow rings,
bump against the screen.
They seem to know their time is short.

There is the red.
The sumac on the side of the highway
spills crimson under a fading sun.
The last cherry crabapples fall and roll.
Their flesh and seed will still feed bird
and squirrel.

Pumpkins sink into their inner orange, desert
their posts on lawns and decks and porches.
The mums begin to lose their fight with frost.
And all these things bring back what I have lost.

11 comments

  1. Kerri,

    Your poem, with its breath of autumn, makes me feel alive again
    and glad to be so. It is vibrant with colors that beguile and in the
    height of such ecstasy, that dynamic ending packs a punch. How
    like autumn this poem is…not just like autumn, it is autumn personified.

    You are blessed with a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing it!

    Sarah

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  2. Hi Kerri

    What a spectacularly beautiful poem! You convey the pathos and beauty of a season slipping into its final phase with such vivid and tangible imagery.

    he sumac on the side of the highway
    spills crimson under a fading sun.
    The last cherry crabapples fall and roll.
    Their flesh and seed will still feed bird
    and squirrel.

    And yet with the fading of leaf color and fruit, something sustains those in nature the same way memory sustains one who has suffered through loss This poem breathes with insight and sentiment, I am very haunted and touched by your words. A marking of fine, fine poetry.

    Thank you for sharing this,
    loved it!
    Wendy.

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  3. Kerianna,
    I have read this poem three times, enjoying where your words take me. I especially like these lines: “yellow fanning goodbye from branches of trees” and ” sumac…spilling crimson.” Thank you for drawing attention to the seasonal changes. ptc

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  4. hi kerri–what

    I esp. love is your sounds here. and beauty’s ability to salvage what we’ve lost–really well-crafted/kallie

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