Leaf upon leaf
golden gem upon crimson brother
the finery of Autumn
drips from weeping trees.
A regal carpet mantles the ground,
for a while,
then begins the cycle of decay.
Wind gathers them in huddlings,
the scattering laughter of children
blasts their dispersion.
A spun web of frost consolidates
painting new hues
upon their background canvas.
The residue of veiling greenery
to graven soil
in its cycle.