Autumn Storm

She came upon us from the North

Dragging her gloomy shawl

Over the sheared hills and ploughed land

Turning blends of gold to black and white

Breaking limbs from oak and ash

Flooded the roots

Inundated roads

Coughing and spitting

She dragged her filthy sheets into town

Stuffed her discarded litter into the drains

Threw hailstones that scratched our skin

Turned the fair to ruddy-faced

We flinched at each attack

Our umbrellas reduced to sodden flags

Useless emblems of human pride

We staggered home through her spiteful wind

As she blew out the last summer lights

Then spread her dark wings and settled in

Gloomy angel of long winter nights

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CLP 26/09/2020

On Autumn

Today it begins

Half and half before the dark

And cold returns here

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CLP 22/09/2020

Autumnal

On fields of decapitated barley, the hollow stubble full with last night’s rain, huge straw reels stand askew; great golden wheels left out to dry in the Sun, emitting a musty warmth, while fungi forms in dewy soil on which the geese reconvene to recommence their wintery discourse.

These large birds’ clacking beaks break into the day with husky talk in croaked, dawn-crack voices; the gabbling gaggle precedes the early calls of crows, blackbird and songs of rising larks, to signal our brief summer’s passing.

CLP 21/07/2020

On Autumn VIII

Her tilt of axis

With orbital period

Gifts us the seasons.

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CLP 12/11/2018

n.b Earth’s axial tilt wobbles but the mean is currently c. 23.5 degrees. The orbital period around the Sun is our Earth year. It is described as a sidereal orbit because the Earth’s circuit of the Sun is on an orbital plane that is relatively settled during the brevity of human lifespans. Source: https://www.universetoday.com/47176/earths-axis/