The Language of Autumn

I came up with a list of words descriptive of autumn:

amber gold key russet bronze moss silver mist pumpkin

brass fog stone apricot hawk lamp brick dessicated

persimmon mulch humid rain wizened globe branch stalk

ghost ship wisp metal plump hunger sumac camouflage

pomegranate scarlet ladle slate cone chimney onion rustle

bones pheasant skeleton vermilion cemetery candelabra shroud husk

crow onyx scatter slither mauve spoon shadow mask coal

shimmer tone somnambulist puppet cider spice crown darkness

In John Keats’ famous poem “To Autumn,” we find the following words:

season mists mellow fruitfulness close maturing vines apples

ripeness swell gourd kernel plump o’er-brimm’d clammy winnowing

furrow fume poppies hook swath twined gleaner laden

oozings soft-dying rosy stubble choir mourn sallows bleat

hedge treble croft swallows twitter

Here is the poem I write (somewhat) spontaneously from my list of words:

gold key in metal
grinds gears
to cross the new inevitable threshold
into bronze and silver
plump cone of seed

the Cooper’s Hawk
camouflaged in a starve
of branches
surveys the lush
of chimney and vermilion

his treasure trove
of scatter and slither
shimmers in the final
slant of bright pumiced
between slate and apricot sky

his masked eyes
scan the deepening
shrouded globe of dusk
recording twigs of movement
in the wild outside

his lidless stare
penetrates the dark reflections
of our lives
ladled out in
shadowed spoons of unreal light

encased in false warmth
a shiver enters
our fragile bones

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