Fool’s Green

by Peter Notehelfer

The earth
greens again
with October rain
The worn pathway
puts on a fresh coat
of velvet green felt
festive as though
it were April
in autumn 

The trees
know better
in October wind
Day by day more
leaves pale and fall
amber into umber
the Asian maple
bleeds itself
carnelian

Old men
may kick up
heels on Friday
only to get a croup
on Saturday morning
and be stone dead
by Sunday night
Such a thing is
fool’s green

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