As summer begins to wane,
And shadows begin to lengthen,
White-hot midsummer sunshine
Mellows to a cream colored hue.
Late summer flora now blooming;
Sunflowers’ yellow-rimmed faces
Gawk at the bright August sun.
And goldenrod dances in fields.
High in birches and maples,
Leaves, once green, are changing
To orange and yellow and red –
And acorns, now fat, drop from oaks.
As seasons begin their transition,
The warmth of summer remains;
But slowly and gracefully gives way
To fiery autumnal grandeur.