Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Autumn Tried

Autumn tried to reach me
With its whirligig ghosts
And its translucent frosts
Waving a skeleton key
Autumn tried to teach me

But imperviously
I slipped from its noose
With a youthful excuse
To prove I could disagree
Autumn tried to reach me

Autumn tried to teach me
With its creaking of leaves
And its evenings for thieves
The rot inside all its debris
Autumn tried to reach me

But I skirted the fee
To go gathering pears
And dividing the shares
Like I was the sole trustee
Autumn tried to teach me

Autumn tried to reach me
With its webs and its winds
The veil pulled so thin
Its silent and listening pleas
Autumn tried to teach me

But I only could see
And I could not believe
What I did not perceive
What impermanence was and would be...

Autumn tried to reach me
Autumn tried to teach me

3 comments:

Hannah Stephenson said...

Driving home from Cleveland today, we saw the most gorgeous trees....

Trying to let autumn teach me, absolutely.

Jack said...

Awesomely done opening stanza, I love the consonant pair of "whirligig ghosts/translucent frosts."

Rusty Kjarvik said...

as refreshing as the autumn air

a breath of fresh dying

trees