September by Jean L. Kreiling


The jealous maple steals the incandescence
of summer blossoms, which soon disappear,
deferring to the famous luminescence
of fiery trees that light the aging year.
And from warm-weather clouds, fall borrows breezes,
transforming them into a gusty rigor
that forcefully refreshes all it seizes
and soon revives our summer-slackened vigor.
This explication willfully misreads
the facts of chemistry and climate change,
but not the symbiosis of the season:
the metamorphosis of gifts and needs
as summer meets with autumn, to exchange
their wealth in bargains unexplained by reason.

by Jean L. Kreiling, first published in The Lyric 80/4 (Fall 2000): 129.

Editor’s Note: The first line of this sonnet is particularly interesting—personification immediately energizes the imagery of seasonal change.


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