Untidy trees faded from green,
fall webworm like cobs in the corners
festoon the baring branches;
the floor is a tangle of seedpod,
brown stalk, berry, fluff.
Starlings, swallows string along wires
above shaggy lawns, gardens gone to seed.
Pumpkins ripen on softening vines,
apples bend the branches low.
Orion, day hunter of summer, teeters
crooked over the horizon in the late dark,
moving in for the long winter ramble,
and brown leaves like skittering squirrels
litter the long road home.