Linger now before me;
Leaves of oak and elm
Maple and sycamore;
Spread your blazing carpet
Brilliant in russet and gold
Light my path before me
In overlapping splendor
Oh do unfold!

Linger for a while now
In shades of red so bold
Until the grip of winter
Bears down and chills me
With its cold,

Let me step upon the leaves
Hear the crinkling sound
Crunch your leaves beneath my feet
Let me bask
In the beauty that surrounds

~by Nancy Ellen Crossland

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