Blackgum and sourwood blaze glorious
along with sumac & mountain's virginia creeper.
Always planned vacations 'round
this early showcase of razzle dazzle
but living here now, I'm quietly charmed
with the finale of oranges and yellows of every shade;
hoard these smoldering days of birch, sassafras, and oak -
breath deeply knowing soon all will be equal beneath my feet.
Brown and brittle will be blown away
or cease to crunch long before first freeze and flurry,
but for now the sun's upon my face
and the milkweed pods gently lift from my palm
into late October's violet blue sky and pearly white clouds.
by Margaret Bednar, October 30, 2016