Friday, March 11, 2016

Fifty shades of tan

   [early March, mid-Atlantic]

Nothing yet budding;
a few dry leaves  from autumn last 
(papyrus-yellow  and paper-thin)
still clinging to their beech trees.

Leaf-litter, windthrow,
straw-stalks,  hay-mow:
all -- tan ochre beige wheat hazel 
fulvous fawn or tawny -- 
-- all as yet  the color of canvas,
for Spring  to paint upon.

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