tribute to outer wrinkles

A guide to leaves before they fall.

First, the edges darken.
the weaning of nutrients
to the tip shadows the leaf,
edges roll resolute
crisp and tan/kakhi.

There is a delicate brittleness to the form.

Widest veins are last to soften;

abscission.

They hug the ground where normally
our feet go unnoticed.

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