October Middleton in Teesdale
Still retaining summer green
Autumn starts to claim its own
With subtle saffron shifts
Through cinnamon, bronzed ochre
To firework displays of blazing red
Gold and shades of orange

A survival strategy
Breathtaking in its beauty
As the trees absorb the nutrients for their roots
To stay alive

Kaleidoscopic across the countryside
Plain for all to see
The beauty and the wisdom
Of the amazing deciduous tree

Grace Gant