Triptych of autumn red leaf on the ground

The leaves are falling all around,—
Reluctant, waveringly they fall!…
Time’s annual shades are gathering,
And winter’s coming step I see!…
We hear, but heed not, nature’s knell;
We see, but mark not, time’s decay;
We cling to pleasure’s flowery spell,
Till ev’ry leaf has dropped away.
~Caroline E. Richardson

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