Hello September

summer
summer

Hello September
with your mellowing light,
apples turning ripe on the hills,
warm sunshine and turquoise skies
coaxing the last bit of summer
from the vines.

I’m soaking it in
…tucking away memories
along the backroads of my mind
for the raw, gray wintry days
to come.

I can almost feel the planet
spinning,
picking up speed
…the year dipping toward the horizon
like a brilliant sunset.