15 September – True colours

Everywhere around us, with new shades appearing each day,
the trees are gradually revealing their true colours again.
I used to believe Autumn’s turning was all about decay
until I learned the dying green is really being drawn away.
How strange these pigments flaming new were really always here,
covered by chlorophyll’s mastery till they all but disappeared.
It’s only when strength retreats that hidden hues can shine,
weakness revealing burning beauty, fragile but sublime.

15 September - True colours