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