By Carter Cormier

A tranquil pond’s calm. 

Mountains anchored among tired clouds. 

Brittle fading leaves, swirling higher–

Climbing towards the distant peaks

A wrath amongst nature’s lulls

Battling odds and gravity

Reds, oranges, a glint of yellow-brown

A craze, a race, to the snowy peak

Until the sun falls behind the towering rock

And the winds whisper kinder word

Colors dull, leaves crest, now plummet

Towards the needles blanketing the distant ground

A tranquil ponds calm–

Momentarily disturbed

By a rustle of brittle leaves–