Autumn foliage

A gogyohka for Frank Tassone’s weekly challenge. This week is red autumn foliage. The leaves don’t turn here with a spectacular display as they do in some parts of the world. It’s been a hard summer for the trees and many of them were showing signs of stress before the end of August. Lots of yellowing, and the grass is still dry and brown. The ash trees look miserable and the poplars are shedding big golden leaves like the wealthy tossing alms to beggars, but the rest are hanging on, still green.



summer dried and shrivelled

tree hearts ached

and autumn rains run dry from mean clouds

leaves cling fading green

dreaming of red gold fire


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Autumn foliage”

    1. Thank you! I’d love to see a real ‘fall’. Most of the trees here lose their leaves bit by bit, some not at all. They rarely go red. Usually gold and orange if you’re lucky.

      1. I’ll be posting my bird for today later. I look forward to it.
        I would love to see her birds. I’m not on Instagram though.

  1. The sad trees dreaming of red gold fire! (I like the mean clouds, too.). That is sad that it’s been so dry. Our trees are not showing much fire–but there is a bit of red on some of them.

    1. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but this year it hit home. Our stream has two sources. One is dammed by a farmer and nothing gets over it in the summer. The other source is also dammed, but there’s always a steady overflow to fill the stream after the point where the two forks join. There would be enough water for all the trees that grow along the course of the stream except that our neighbour also dams it and he lets nothing at all get past. This summer, he has watered his sheep pasture and his vegetables and his orchard but the wild things and the trees have got nothing. The trees grew there because of the water. All it takes is for a couple of selfish individuals and the whole of a water course dies.

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