Golden is the Autumn,

dancing in her veils of splendor;

laughing through the woodlands,

pirouetting on the hillsides,

and brushing frosty moonlight from her hair.

Bittersweet the taste of apples

on her lips of tempting crimson;

silver slippers tripping lightly

over fields of ripening corn.

One by one her veils slip earthward

leaving carpets sweetly resting

upon future bursts of color

sleeping now in pregnant slumber.

Now she swirls in ardent motion

as her wrappings fly far from her

‘til at last she stands resplendent

bare-limbed and reaching skyward.

Golden Autumn leaves us lonely

for the masterpiece so lovely

that she paints upon the canvas

of our summer-weary hearts.

c.2011 Donna Swanson


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Delightful … our hearts do weary of the summer.

    Congrats on the award, Donna.

    Happy days …

  2. very pleasant piece…


  3. fiveloaf says:

    now i am distracted by those hummingbirds flapping their wings haha! and congrats for the award donna! my gooseberry..

  4. Such a lovely expression and summer many people grow tired of this time of the year but to me I love summer and the warm winds and ocean breezes. Congrats on your award this is wonderful happy picnic

  5. You continue to amaze me, Donna. This is another wonderfully written, descriptive and vivid piece. Very nice!

  6. Morning says:


    glad to see you share.

  7. Congrats on the award …
    Your poem creates a picture of the forest dancing gayly
    as they await the winters frost.
    Beautiful …

  8. Kay Salady says:

    Oh, this leaves me breathless. I adore poetry regarding the autumn. For some odd reason, I find it to be the most romantic of all seasons. You have created a queen of bliss.

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