Looking Out into October

“Looking Out into October,” New Era, Oct. 1990, 51

Looking Out into October

Driving rain

washes against my window

as more low clouds move past

on their way to the coast.

Across the street

a dripping chestnut sheds

its fiery leaves to the ground,

now one,

then three.

As the wind swoops down

the fading grass cowers

beneath the hedges,

beside the driveway.

Grey, rust, and green.