Autumn Thoughts Autumn's fiery reds and golds Faded fast Replaced by burnished maroons and browns As Winter announced it's icy arrival The sun burned down on The frolicking leaves in their last dance Many still lingered to catch the warm rays Most trees were not yet bare, But I could feel the presence of Winter As if it was disguised and would burst Through in its pristine white My eyes could see the chill of the season In the darkened foliage that clung tenaciously To the swaying branches. Harbingers of finger- numbing days and nights. My mind refused to see the specter beneath the Panorama of colors that Overwhelmed my senses. It raced on and pretended the swirl of leaves was Like the cherry blossom petals that gently fall On a bright spring day Skipping the bitter cold of the days to come Preferring to warm itself in the distant breezes of May.
Barbara Ehrentreu's Questions:
1.Can you feel the presence of Winter sufficiently here? I imagined it to be
almost like a person skulking around in the darkness.
2. In the last line it originally read "Warming itself in the.... Should I change it back or keep the line as it is now?