Mantz Yorke

Shuffling Homeward

A dull October day.  Rain
begins to fall from clouds
grey as the shadows
that give substance to our being.
Here the freshly-fallen leaves –
yellow, red and orange – hush
the feet of mourners leaving
the dead: the dying
fires of autumn linger
over the graves,
scattering ashes in the guttering
light of late afternoon.

The dampness of decay
rises as we shuffle homeward
through the leaves – past ebullience
turned dank and mouldering,
awaiting the cleanliness of frost.
Soon clocks will be turned back,
evenings draw in quicker
than ever we expect:
shall we be prepared?
Have we candles to light
the journey we will one day make
down this same pathway?

Copyright © Mmantz Yorke 2016

Mantz Yorke is a former teacher and researcher living in Manchester.

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