People love autumn,
or so they say. Colors speak
a lover’s lingo.

That tree turning red
recalls your best sex ever.
The jogger passing

through the park—-so lean,
so clean, so fit, so alone—-
was gone by daybreak.

No laughing matter,
then, Autumn has other plans.
It’s ridiculous.

We kick the fallen
leaves. They return to the ground.
That is the most fun.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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