the time of year when nature
bursts into flames.
Like the mythical phoenix,
fall is a fabulous glory of fiery color
before the world settles
into the char and ash
of winter’s leafless trees and snow.
But life will emerge again,
a fledgling in spring
growing into the vibrant, mature hues of summer,
before its natural life-cycle brings it
to a necessary fiery autumnal demise.