Winter approaches

Winter approaches
tiptoes into autumn
icy fingers
working their way into
sunlit bronze days
frigid breath tucked in valleys
blanketing fields
rising from star lit nights
encroaching on dark mornings
frosted shadow cast over crispened grass
lushness paled beneath encrusted dew
as the last of sugared colours tumble
from stark silhouettes of naked trees
Amber spills onto the cracking spider’s webs
on puddles captured by winter’s chilling touch
and sleeted rain cascades onto
waves of fallen leaves
sealing spring beneath
bleached years end
solidified beneath a crystal sky
beautiful in its harshness