in which the patch turns yellow

Yellow tagetes have sprung into light

like butterflies skimming the surface

of the sun. Pear and crab apple nod

to autumn turning into the reddish

shades of a mellow dusk. The patch

pauses, dappled reflections filtering

through arches of cathedral trees

as leaves drop from an endless blue.

 

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Three seasons

Rain has ceased.

Three seasons circle

our little spot of ozone

hot, mild and cool-

like food, or temperament.

 

A pear tree blossoms

in this once upon a time

autumn while bougainvilleas

flower as if summer always

was. Gardeners prune

when cool arrives.

 

On the islands sea rises,

fish retreat, crops fail,

patches of land disappear

people move

 

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in which autumn strolled

The elongated stem of a camellia

becomes a weather vane.

It sits sat still today, no wind,

just a dapple of autumn.

Time reappears to plant staychys,

geranium, careopsis, to dawdle.

Miscanthus pose above a fence

where once cypress would sift

the seasons.

 

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