Leaf Lessons - Claire Scott

brazen reds, fiery yellows
            blaring oranges
flash the New England hills
            like Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree
painted the last year of his life
trees conserving energy
            in the lessening light
no need to make chlorophyll
            faster! faster!
            like a frenzied tycoon
pigments hidden for months
            under spring’s green swagger
            have their moment center stage
stagehands shift the scenery
            moving oleander blossoms to the wings
wheeling out musty scarves and mittens
            rescued from the backs of closets
lingering walks through leaves
            crinkled like great aunts
 apple picking on lofty ladders
            reaching higher! higher!
            for the sweet smell of cinnamon streusel
time for one last fling
            in the flaring and fleeting
            spectacle of October
before the stagehands return
            wearing wool coats, towing
            the weighty watermark
of winter

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.  Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA.  She lives with her husband in Oakland, CA and has two children, two children by marriage and five grandchildren.  All of which keep her wonderfully busy!