Autumn Watch

Autumn Watch

Watching you evergreen- seemingly
To your tips
Until gush, whoosh, hush
Suddenly it seems
Splayed fingertips of russet -brown
And dappled gold thrust forward

Progress tracked daily
More gold, more amber
Creeping along your arms
Resplendent, standing there
In your end is your beginning

All it took was two days
Wind picked your leaves clean
Reduced you to a skeletal sculpture
A carpet of gold and brown
Abandoned round your feet, waiting.

A sentinel still so bewitching
Safe in the knowledge that you will survive.
Come rain, come snow
Come wind you will do battle with all

Because you know how to wait
To wait for time
When Time will begin again
And again
Watch and wait

Myrna Moore

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