the law of glory


who made autumn glorious?

a final, phoenix flourish before winter

who gave the colors

then must take them back

it is a way

with the discipline of divinity, I guess

I was not asked

I’d make it color all year round,

which would tyrannize the summer

and relegate winter sameness

to memory’s dust-catch

good that I’m not creator, then

I’d hash the seasons

(even in the south it would not be safe)

lose the patterns


remaking life in temperate parts


I’d wreck the year

and then we’d need a

God to save

when rescue is enough

most every day


quiet my reckoning, then

keep the seasons in-between as they are

let peace prevail in middlin’-parts

for better reasons


c l couch



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