Autumn Air on Mt Painter

the apple crispness
presents with cutting clarity
the early morning light
yielding its muted colours
in rediscovery of shape and form

nature is transmuted
in a spider-spun fragility
the Brindabella amphitheatre redefining
while in the valley sweep
horses steam in slow movement

a kingdom of thistle heads
their crowns pillaged
and washed thin of colour
stand testimony to the heady days
of the hot summer-party

while far below
cars collect at traffic lights
give a distant murmur
token to another world
unknowing of this ephemeral magic

a certain peace prevails
caught in the calm
after-taste of summer
a breath of quiet surrender
lingers a gentle submission

© Richard Scutter 9 April 2008


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