“Fall” by Mary Oliver


the black oaks fling
their bronze fruit
into all the pockets of the earth
     pock pock
they knock against the thresholds
the roof the sidewalk
fill the eaves
     the bottom line
of the old gold song
of the almost finished year
what is spring all that tender
     green stuff
compared to this
falling of tiny oak trees
out of the oak trees
     then the clouds
gathering thick along the west
then advancing
then closing over
     breaking open
the silence
then the rain
dashing its silver seeds
     against the house


Mary Oliver, 1935-2019

© 1994 by Mary Oliver

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

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