Ode to Autumn
Autumn hides in heat waves
drops hickory and acorn hints
measures equinoxial nights and days.
Autumn is primarily pigment
green gives way to red-orange-yellow
flaring, flaming, blazing, fading.
Autumn reveals the bones of trees
draws our eyes to steely skies
to murmurations and hawks on lines.
Autumn is largely forgotten
lost in the long-dark star-filled nights
leading to the solstice birth of spring.
©Mary Lee Hahn, 2021