Five Fall Poems

Incessant season-changing winds
Fierce drive across the breaking waves
And lash before them beating rain
That lades the brilliant scarlet leaf
Of the dripping Sumac tree

White clouds eastward quicken
Luminous night procession
The slow westward moon

Too soon your return
Orion, Pleiades
Harbingers of bitter boreal winds
But a tawny autumn hence
O aurora; elusive distant

Against the enfolding pale grey sky
An old willow's branches naked droop
To fallen leaves on waters cold
Trailing, undulating

Ardent ways to placid days
To air grown chill and damp
And then the last remembrance
As soft white quiet cerements
Overall weigh

Juhan Puhm, Fall-Winter, 1992-93