Reconsidering Autumn

This time of year
fog lays down on
neighborhood arbors
alchemy turns leaves into gold under streetlights

Long year excitations
connect to
short year realities
end of year subtleties meet
expectations wrought in the steel forge of winter

Dew falls hard
lawns lush
mushrooms sprout
thoughts collect
branches weighed down by thoughts run amok

To stay
To go
To suffer
To wander
To allow
To accept
To deny
To relax and relax
To relax, relax, relax

symmetry lost
obscured by grey rainclouds
noisy neurotic din
prolonged conversations
feelings collect in puddles on sidewalks outside my house

Jutting across
four empty lanes
walking into the grocery
my umbrella snaps closed
eyes scanning flowers
I unexpectedly want springtime

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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