leaves

the leaves fell from the trees like rain

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the leaves fell from the trees like rain

showering me in reds and yellows

 

like many fall mornings

a dreary and gray backdrop floated above me

 

the sun

whose warmth was long gone

tried desperately to reach me

but the little glow emanating from it

stayed distant

 

I looked for its warmth

in what held the same colors

could the leaves replace the sun?

 

the reds and yellows swirled around me

brightening the gloom

letting me know

that I don’t need the sun

to feel

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a fall day on the palouse

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a fall day on the palouse

 

a crisp, red leaf

breaks under my worn, leather boots

 

as my gaze moves from my boot

to the tree above

the leaves consume my mind

 

beyond the trees

the mist on the horizon

threatens the rolling

(what were) wheat fields

 

what is autumn but a season

that is unsure how to fit in

 

rapid, pounding rains

flurried snow

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don’t miss the sun

it might disappear behind a cloud

before the process repeats

over and over

and over