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midnight stars once

Autumn always happens too quickly
It sneaks up on you
That silent demise
A promise of rebirth

My soul is quieter
Where once a bonfire burned
Raging like witch hunt’s fire
There is now a new flame
A deeper one
Warm and cool
Not burning but bright

Leaves, where once green, start to turn at their indistinct edges
Golden buttery hues
Seeping through veins
Not like poison
But like light
Like midnight stars

Once I was a tree
Limbs barren and bare
Open to decay
Death was a friend I wanted over for dinner
I looked a lot like her
Death, that is
Not like me

Autumn always happens too quickly
Just when you think it is never going to supervene
The world is ablaze
Crimson, like lips, tangerine and peach and butterscotch sweetness
Merlot and claret and shiraz and cabernet sauvignon
I get drunk on the sight

My skeletal heart
Branches blackened budding
Life still thrummed through the stumps of my plucked wings
Mixing metaphors like winter woodsmoke

Not all trees lose their leaves in the fall
Some bare fruit
Rich and ripe
Ready to be plucked

Autumn always happens too quickly
It hits you like a memory long forgotten
Slowly and then all at once

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20 thoughts on “midnight stars once”

  1. My favorite season, and yet you still made it sound so much better than my experiences! New England in fall is on my bucket list. I’ve seen so many pictures, and nothing compares to it.

    Except for your writing, which is stunning. 🙂

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    1. *blushes*
      Thank you, Sir Muffins. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I hung onto this one for a while but it was finally just right… I’m not normally big on editing my poems too much cause… reasons. But I wanted this one to be good. Autumn deserves it. As does the metaphor.
      Yes, New England in the fall is on my bucket list also…

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