Scalloped wings aflutter on pillowed wisps.
In acrobatic flips and twists adrift
Unfettered, free to soar aloft
‘Til calm prevails o’er Autumn’s wafts
And flight succumbs to Newton’s strains
New carpet on the floor is lain!
(R. Weisser 2010)
It’s October, and it’s time for nature’s most fabulous show of the year. There is nothing like the brilliant colors of fall foliage on a bright and sunny Autumn day.
But just like fireworks that burn the brightest just before they fizzle out into smoke and dark, the showy deciduous leaf display is fleeting and short-lived.
This incredible annual event mitigates the impending dread of the cold and dark winter weather ahead.
And that’s what makes it so special.
(Photo: Fall leaves at the Male Museum in Newnan Georgia, October 2009)