Tipping into Autumn

There comes a day, between
spring’s last blackbird concert
and the first swift to fly south,
when nature takes a breath,
before tipping into autumn.
Brambles are already dotted
with ripening fruit, and yellow
leaves glow among the green.
Beneath the oak, a squirrel has been seen,
gathering acorns, hips and haws,
with eager paws.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Autumn - Erte

Autumn by Erté – Fair Use

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Flash 55 PLUS!

This weekend Kerry brings us the Flash 55 Challenge, the rules of which have not changed: we write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of our choice in precisely 55 WORDS.

For the optional extra part of this challenge, Kerry invites us to consider the art of Romain de Tirtoff a.k.a. Erté, and has provided a link to view examples of his works on WikiArt.


19 thoughts on “Tipping into Autumn

    1. Thank you so much, Sanaa! I got up to a chilly start this morning but I’ve been cleaning the rest of the house in preparation for my daughter’s visit, so I’ve warmed up now – and the sun has come out!


  1. nature takes a breath…

    You show this so perfectly, and your description reminds me of all the children’s books i read, set in the English countryside – it is almost like a fantasy world for me – so gratifying to know it exists.

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    1. It still exists but I do worry about it. Towns and cities are steadily encroaching on some of the most beautiful areas. Luckily, Norfolk isn’t a place you have to go through to get to somewhere else and it’s retained its natural landscapes and character.


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