“Autumn Chemistry” by Kate O’Neil


I don’t want an explanation for
the colour of the trees;
why in Autumn all the leaves
turn brown and red,
but I want to watch them riding on the breeze.

Whether molecules, or hormones or
subtle sleight of light,
I’m indifferent to the cause
of Autumn’s hues,
but trees in Autumn are a lovely sight.

I’ve looked up all the science but
it simply leaves me cold,
while the colours of the Autumn
are so warm.
They blanket Earth in yellow, red and gold.

2 thoughts on ““Autumn Chemistry” by Kate O’Neil

  1. Thanks, Kate, for a distinctively shaped and pointed poem, reminding us that we don’t always have to understand something to thoroughly enjoy it.

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