of settler elms and japanese maples
ablaze on the verge of irrevocable
no matter how still you sit
still they rush you
enunciating the same damn kigo
and being already en-autumned
insist you wise up: tomorrow is compost.
down this lugubrious channel
milky with meltwater a hundred open hands
are already blocking drains and grates
with metaphors overflowing the sodden ground
Image: A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993 Jeff Wall. Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1995. A seasonal piece inspired by a recent visit to Tumbarumba NSW.
And for your enjoyment here’s Chet Baker, Paul Desmond and ensemble from 1976 with the eponymous Autumn Leaves.