Fall Asleep

Fall Asleep
©2019 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

The sky is heavy with cloud;
Pregnant with sleet or snow.
The maples and birches shiver;
Their bright raiment now shed
In scattered heaps around their feet.
No longer wanted, the leaves wait
To travel on capricious winds,
Or to be tucked into hibernation
By gathering mounds of winter,
To sleep undisturbed,
Sheltering the silent soil
And all that lives beneath
Until Spring’s resurrection.

Autumn Slips Away

Autumn Slips Away

© 2015 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

falling leaves

Richly adorned elms wave farewell,

shedding their brilliant tears on the dying grass

as great grey galleon clouds

in majestic convoy

sail silently overhead,

undeterred by the warning shouts of sentinel crows.