in september, you must bend
with the changing winds,
as some days are hotter than august
while others bring just a touch of frost.
in october, you must brave
the fears that green leaves covered
as you crunch the leaves on the forest trail.
in november, you must begin
to find the joy in darker nights
and keep your family close
when snow comes knocking down your door.
it is easy to dance in spring rains
and smile in the sun of summer,
but it is in autumn
where you learn to forgive.
A/N: This was a NaPo entry from 2017, inspired by this line from John Donne: No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.