Shades of Autumnal Death

Gild September
by Angel Eduardo

I begin to write a poem
about autumn leaves
and winter calling,

and I fill my head with images of bronzing trees
and thickening coats,
of icy blankets over once busy lakes
and birds retreating
for better places,

but something moves me
away from the page,
away from the window
where my muses are dancing,
away from the cool breeze
running cooler
until they chap my lips
and tear my eyes,

and I can’t bring myself
to gild September
with poetry,
to smile, enraptured,
enchanted by the planet spinning
further from its furnace,
because all I see now
is death.


Angel Eduardo is a writer, musician, and photographer from North Jersey. He writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing for Memoir at CUNY Hunter College in New York City. More of his work can be found on his official website,


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

One thought on “Shades of Autumnal Death”

  1. What a creative, thought-provoking piece about nature. I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. As always, looking forward to your writing. It would be amazing if you could check out my latest poem and leave a comment as well? Thank you very much and happy writing! (-:

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