Fall Fail

at last the nights 
are cold enough 
to force the maples red 
from 
hiding

Irene's dry blow 
browned 
the windward 
sides 
a month 
too early

Brown and green 
and little else 
til mid October 
finally 
let a few cold nights escape 
the warming blanket 
of our new 
New England fall

(10-15-11)