rainbow rings around the moon,
ephemeral moments lost so soon.
Mists on rivers, lake and sea
diffused by time like a memory ..
butterfly wings in rich brocade;
the touch of petals long decayed ..
russet, amber, golden sun;
shadows lingering on the horizon ..
honeysuckle and wild arum glow
bejewelled in berries poppy-red,
in the silence of the hedgerow ..
Songless birds see that chill Winter lies ahead
aware that like the swallows of the Spring
the fugitive Summer now has fled … .