Leaves from the neighbor’s tulip trees
Litter my lawn, crackling across the driveway,
By the front door, the galaxy magnolia
Bares her limbs like a bride
Reluctantly shedding her gown.
The plumerias--blooming pink and white--
Will have to be moved under the eaves
To avoid frost.
Bees collect the last nectars
From the flowering vegetables.
Pumpkins harvested, vines composted.
At the first strong wind,
The browning peach leaves plummet
Like a flock of sparrows.
The redwood gazebo
Will have to be stained
And sealed against rain.