The air is crisp, the berries have turned brown,
The final harvest has been taken in,
The once new leaves have dropped from the Green Man’s crown.
And the Summer’s Sun has come to rest and dim.
A cooling breeze sends shivers through his limbs
And fells the apples from their gnarled trees.
In his basket he piles to the brim
And he makes a draught that fills up with ease.
He sits in his cave and wanders off in sleep
Taking with him the trees and plants he governs.
The Conifers he sets to watch, to keep
A lonely eye on his domain; for love learns
That what is dead will someday soon arise
And bring with it new life, new joy, new sunrise.
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The featured image is “Wooded Path in Autumn” (1902) by H.A. Brendekilde (1857–1942) and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.