Tiptoe

Meandering sunlight falls gently on russet pavement
Patterns of leaves interlaced
Accepting a shiver of icicle freshness
Immune to clinging human hearts

Pulled downward by time
Still lifted with crisp diamond air

Haunted
Vacant

Vibrant orange pink red
Amber and gold
Snap off in an instant
Sunshades removed
Starkness of unfiltered hues

Cold

Real

Tendrils of breath
Impose on shuttered windows and doors
Quelling the yearnings
The drive

Darkness persists on tiptoe
Frost illumined
Glistening crystals
Sage bouquets
Maple sugar kisses

Groping fingers
Lacquered nails in glittery sunbursts
Curled inward on instinct

Hesitant
Impulsive

Unfurl
Patience drawn to burgeoning branches of dew

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