10 November – Autumn debris

Down on the bank, the path is covered by leaves
and it’s easy to slip on hidden acorn scree –
stockpiles of seed surplus to growing need
roll on rough ground and get under your feet.
So be careful as you crunch through all that fallen copper
that you don’t join the falling trend and find you come a cropper
of the bounty that is broken and discarded underneath –
the health and safety hazard that is Autumn’s debris.