“back to basics”
Autumn leans across the paths
and droops. Callistemons light up
the yard and bees fuss.
At last I collect seedlings
I actually plant them
I water them. And then it rains.
I’m sure there used to be sunshine.
I add worms bought from a store
to compost and beds.
Daylight scurries behind
sheets of cloud - diffuse,
corrugated or puffy-cheeked.
I forget to draw curtains against
the dark. Luckily the television
is brightly coloured, cheerful.
This season will bury itself
in Winter. Beetroots and kale
take root, take heart.