Autumn Axis

Chlorophyll breaks down
But carotene persists,
Thus, green gives way to yellow.
In the end the humus holds
What’s left of summer light.

No need for mystery
Or prick-songs lauding perennial
Decay: the Earth tilts on it axis
By 23 degrees. The light sways
From one pole to the other.

That is all. True sight resists
Analogy. The buzzard satellites
Its prey and not your watching
Eye. The sky its own circumference.

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