Autumn

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The dark veins and burgundy tapestries
Remind you that fireplaces are burning early at dusk

And a little corridor of time between sunrise and sunset
Is nature’s catwalk, where many line-up

Thinned by abscission, wearing brief frocks,
The anorexic and the plus size in pret-a-porter.

What matters here is not the girth or the number of
Dendroid rings, only what will embellish

A little patch of ground with a crown of foliage
And fall is, where every deciduous leaf

Abscises with a promise to reawake,
To the epiphany of spring.

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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