The garden foliage slowly recedes back into the earth,
as does the days into the darkness.
Still time to grow for the more rugged of crops,
the spinach, the broccoli, the kale,
hold their ground with preference for this cooler season.
We say goodbye to the now yellowing cucumbers left unharvested,
dangling from the trellis, their canopy of once vibrant
green leaves aged to a crunchy brown crisp.
There are only a few tomatoes left on any one vine,
that once was the seductress of the garden plump, red and juicy
tempting all to eat their sweet fruit in the heat of the summer.
Now a few are shriveled torn and leaking their seeds into the earth as they lay,
looking up to the yellowing leaves of their summer gone by.
Slowly, gradually all will change.
The unified dance of nature happens everyday,
every moment, the meshing and mixing of all the elements of life,
ourselves included play part in such a dance.
Nature is gradual and persistent in its ways.
So are we if we choose to go along with our natural ways.
©2012 Louis J. Auslander