The winding pathway reveals the passage of time with aplomb
Portraying nature’s cycles on its paved and pitted surface
Each season’s portrait depicted in perfect detail
None so priceless as the pathway in pure gold leaf.
Autumn rainfall pours into potholes of impure puddles
The plip, the plop, the splatter and the pattering of rain
While pleasing breezes push away the clouds
Plentiful golden leaves form pleasing shapes and patterns.
Beneath piles of crisp leaves packed high
Shrouded in privacy and peaceful autumnal comfort
Hedgehogs sleep, preen and play in their hidden leafy places
Safe and protected beside the precious leafy pathway.
© Dean Parsons. February 2018.