Autumn Rising



Autumn Rising


in the garden petunia petals burnt

heads drooping spoiled by a bitter wind

disguised by the sun in a clear blue sky


new growth breaking through unfertile soil

hiding in the shade to nurture her brood

until the sun mellows and loses its anger


bees, scanning my fading lavender hedge for nectar

hoping to escape their inevitable fate

when the queen is content with no need for them


Bernadette Dickenson

Bernadette is interested in writing poems about nature and the state of the planet. In the last few years, she was published by the Adelaide Literary Journal in New York, Ariel Chart, and also locally in Australia.


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