8 November – Full tint Fall

To get even one tree
to full tint
without a hint
of green to see
requires mastery.

Titian apprentices seek
frequent cold nights
but no frostbite
to perfect their riches
without early-dropping hitches.

They prefer it dry
to deepen colour
across their cover,
compelling sugars to weave
each gold, copper and ruby leaf.

Then they demand
bright sunny days,
and winds kept at bay
to add more dazzling depth
before blazing out towards death.

And that is why
only some Autumns shimmer
with that extra magic glimmer
as intensely vibrant, shining hues
conquer every deciduous tree in front of you.