Late Autumn

Aspen leaf in fall. Watercolor. October 7, 2014 by Michael James Fitzgerald. The tree yawns, stretching bare arms,
shedding summer clothes
dyed brilliant for tomorrow’s funeral.

Stubborn tatters, frigid and obstinate,
cling to her, tendering a past
she is unwilling to forget.

She dreams of one bygone
who sleeps for a cold afternoon
but awakes to inescapable joy.

Michael James Fitzgerald

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