Queen Anne's Lace and Rose of Sharon in full bloom,
leaves blushing red and ferns falling back on themselves -
the countryside rushing toward autumn.
Noisily announcing departure, geese lift off from a field.
Summer annuals flower without reserve, oblivious to their fate.
Perennials in the know slowly prepare for what lies ahead.
The excitement of first blooms long gone and summer plans over,
the approaching fall demands quiet preparation to say goodby, to
morning glories, hummingbirds, unfrozen lakes, and things undone.
cold months of hibernation force rest and reflection -
But always lurking around the bend, the promise of another spring.