Autumn orange, crimson, and yellow
colors our thoughts
here at home
paints portraits of us soon living colored
by Minnesota's only two winter crayons,
white and black.
In a couple of months, our black and white
Winter will steal all color
from our little patch of the U.S.
It will try to freeze our hearts and bones
with its -30 (Celsius) breath.
Our maples, oaks, and elms will be barren.
The snow piled along our sidewalks will be black with soot.
Clouds will grey the sky and
the air we breathe will bite our lungs.
We'll wake for work
in darkness and return
from work in darkness.
That is why we plant evergreens.
Dedicated to Deya
Copyright (c) 2016 by the authors.