Autumn Tanka

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By Mathews, F. Schuyler, Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music. . .,” 1922 [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

1.

Red-caped cardinal

calls, tolls, each passing hour,

leaves and lives transformed.

Spring-green ages to red-gold,

golden curls turn to silver.

 

2.

gentle breeze blows,

brushes a leaf tenderly,

a story revealed

in its frangible surface

life, beauty ephemeral

 

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