Aboard an Autumn Ship


Though the days grow short

With harvest solstice passed

The changing air still courts

A warmth that seems to last


Greenery remains aloft

As yet to take the plunge

And dapples mountain far as soft

As painter’s well-worn sponge


Snap now fingers of morning air

The frost will be here soon

Fear I loss of sun so fair

Save for the beautiful moon


Oh, the joy of summer days

Remembered to the last

I knew that you could not stay

But have forsaken me too fast


This omen of impending cold

Colored tapestry of new fall

Like seasons growing ever old

You hear the reaper’s call


Bounty, bosom, and harvest shared

Fields readied for their sleep

From winter’s touch may I be spared

The friend in you I keep


But as all seasons come and go

I know you’ll leave me too

Like call of morning rooster’s crow

What else are you to do


In days ‘tween summer’s heat

And winter’s deathly grip

Warm winds fill sailor’s sheet

Aboard an autumn ship


9 Responses to “Aboard an Autumn Ship”
  1. beth says:

    tragic, especially knowing its time was limited, even from the start

  2. kristianw84 says:

    You are the master of hauntingly beautiful poetry. I enjoy summer and I’m not ready to let go of it just yet, but there’s something about Autumn. She’s an evil temptress with her cool temperatures and pretty colors. I always look forward to her arrival. For your sake, I hope there are many more weeks of perfect riding weather left! ❤

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, my dear! I am not ready for summer to be over yet either. But Autumn does call with all her lovely trappings. Hope you are well. Moch love to you! ♥

  3. I have a love/hate relationship with autumn. In the heat of summer, I find myself longing for cooler days and the crisp smells and sounds that come with fallen leaves. On the other hand, the shorter days and less sun sets off my seasonal affective disorder and I become much more melancholy. But your words remind me of the reason I love the season!

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Hauntingly mesmerizing Brad, Jonikens

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    The cooler weather and precipitation will be a welcome sight.

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