Autumn sideways light
beautiful strange
in the city between the
dark earth and wild ocean
the trees and ground turning
yellow brown red grey and black
stripped bare revealing what’s underneath
summers showy lushness
the last raspberries darker red
like the blood of fruit
the descent to colder days first ice and snows
with young grey sweatshirt guy hoodie
pulled overhead walking by the corner spa
with black dog and branches above
leafless against the flat white sky between
row houses row houses row houses
people in kitchens quiet
pale light falling in silently covering them
with no expectations or false sense of joy or hope
just what is the truth of Fall
accepting the sounds and furies
light and darkness
Novembers soul