“A Deciduous Tale” by Celia Berrell

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When days grow short and nights grow long,
trees start to grow a corky layer
that cuts through every leaf-base stem.
Like falling books, unloved, condemned.

No chlorophyll to ink leaf’s page,
green’s superficial stories fade
revealing deeper colour’s signs,
like reading in-between the lines.

Xanthophylls are coded yellow.
Anthocyanins, red-purple.
Carotinoids have orange gowns
while tannins turn their pages brown.

Here’s a lovely link showing all those leafy autumn colours: