Dealing with autumn
somehow it can be done. I have forgotten last April, last May, and summer is an old dream. The frost lurks, out of sight; vandal winds trample the fern bed; last wild gaudy blooms of nasturtium sprawl in the grass; jack-in-the-pulpit becomes a derelict vessel drooping and damaged. Smoke like spice from the tomb hangs in the tainted air and the earth, over-ripe, waits for Winter, clean as a flower.