Shadows and Sunshine

this is the season
of shadows and sunshine

afternoons are cooling now
mountain tops sometimes

are frosty now in mornings
white icy death sings
where we won't go

we'll keep our feet warm
in these icy nights

these freezing nights
these freezing days

where does it all start
seeds on wet spring earth

roots grasp wet earth
reaching down for strength
reaching down for water

sunshine warms everything
green leaves happen

many plants reach up
for photons to power
a complicated process

plant chemistry looks
so simple but isn't

but we avoid the mess
look to the bottom line

leaves lose green
and leftover colour
is sometimes beautiful

all that chaotic colour
shadows and sunshine

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