Vermillion and gold cherry leaves
waggle in the gentle breeze
against the brilliant blue sky.
Mocking birds bicker,
sparrows chirp and flock
to the thickest juniper branches.
scrub jays let out startling squawks.
Assorted machine sounds
bounce off of the surrounding hills,
planes and cars on their way.
Goldfinches scavange the last sunflower seeds
from the tall, faded, happy faces of summer.
The air is alive with sights and sounds
familiar and comforting as a lullaby,
and smells of leaves, bonfires and evergreens.
Roses make their last attempt at blooms
before the winter storms begin.
Dog barks and rooster calls echo across the gully.
Bees and wasps gather the last food of the year.
Glorious sunlight warms the skin and heart.
Another summer fades into memory,
but for these days, warmth remains.
Happy feelings the angle of autumn light creates
as leaves crunch under walking feet,
until another glorious sunset
brings on night and dinner time
and time for sleep
with wishes for another Indian summer day
when we wake.