Fall arrives on the calendar,
But not in the sky where the sun
Punishes the earth with hoary fire
Refusing to absolve itself; summer
Remains, retaining its dominance
Of heated wind glazing the land.
Desolate and dusty, ever drying land
Ignoring the passing days of the calendar
Discounting fall’s arrival; maintaining dominance
with the continued vivacity of the sun.
Disordered nature holds on to summer
Its essence yearning for colors of Autumn fire.
Leaves cover the ground with visages of fire
Sufficiently bright to warm the land
Luring it into the comforts and warmth of summer
ignoring the passing days of the calendar
to lie in pleasant musing of eternally shining sun
and challenging nature’s assured dominance.
Fall persists its challenge to summer’s dominance
Over nature; desperate to keep the fires
Alive ever-burning, every-broiling sun
Refusing to relinquish its hold on the land
Refusing to acknowledge the movement of the calendar
Holding onto the last vestiges of the days of summer.
Fall pursues the hot winds of summer
Day by day building a wall of dominance
Attuned to Nature’s ever-demanding calendar
The overly burnished land with leaves of fire
reds, oranges, yellows shelter the sleepy land
Drawn down and waiting for the winter sun.
A calm and steady presence; a glossily subtle sun
Has laid to rest the last vestiges of summer
Amidst the sheltering trees, the land
Relaxes under the calm and careful dominance
of Autumn’s kindness to Nature, quieting fires
Advancing their natural course by the calendar.
The regulating calendar ignores the sun’s remorse
Fire-lit evenings swapped for summer’s fireflies
Prepares for fall’s dominance over the slumbering land.