Poems For Fall

A Muted Day

by A. Gagliardi

It is a muted day.

No wind moves the trees to sway this way or even sigh.

No gust catches me off guard at the top of the hill, so that I

pull my scarf more snuggly ‘round me; all is still.

The birds murmur to each other among the leaves.

The squirrels merely mumble as they scavenge for

winter’s food.

The Crow’s raucous call remains unvoiced;

they are still in the muffled air.

I wonder if animals are aware of the change in the air,

how restrained they are today -

how subdued is the normal cacophony.

As I walk, only my footsteps echo in my ear

all other sounds are suppressed to a subtle understated shuffle.

The day is like walking through cotton – or a cocoon of softest flannel-

so subtle, so serene, so subdued.


The autumn colors are vibrant on this muted day.

They don’t glimmer like on a sunny one,

when the sun blocks the intensity of the rainbow hues.

Today the burgundy, orange and yellows are muted, but mellow;

their potency is not diminished by the absence of the sun.

Today I can see each and every one

of the colors, every leaf and branch

that shades the world.

The clouded sky of pearlized grey

allows the colors to shine in their own way

on this muted day.



trees loose their leaves

by a. gagliardi

the trees loose their leaves

and bare their bones

stretching naked in the air

reveal critter cabins

resting in nested crotches

exposed & raw -

lengthened elastic limbs

strain toward azure firmament

seeking purchase anywhere

reducing their insect population -

cleaning house like a German

Hausfrau in springtime



Fall colors from Minneapolis

Such intense colors!
Such intense colors! | Source
Technicolor trees.
Technicolor trees. | Source
As they turn, the yellow goes brown.
As they turn, the yellow goes brown. | Source
The yellow trees are glowing this year.
The yellow trees are glowing this year. | Source
The muted colors of fall
The muted colors of fall | Source
A blazing Red Maple
A blazing Red Maple | Source

We Went Into The Woods

By A.Gagliardi

We went into the woods

searching for who knows what:

bears that growl,

wolves who howl

adventure was afoot.

We went into the woods

to find ourselves,

to find each other;

a test at every path and turn,

the journey full of wonder.

I went into the woods myself.

I went with folks I knew,

I thought.

And when we found the other side

I found out more than I sought.

You go into the woods yourself,

but come out someone else:

bigger or smaller,

familiar or stranger,

you come out someone else.




More Colorful Trees

A young tree shows its stuff.
A young tree shows its stuff. | Source
The dark bark against the yellow is dynamic.
The dark bark against the yellow is dynamic. | Source
The cloudy days brings out the muted colors.
The cloudy days brings out the muted colors. | Source
The tree is lovely as it turns from green to yellow.
The tree is lovely as it turns from green to yellow. | Source
After the red, pink emerges.
After the red, pink emerges. | Source
This Sugar Maple is blazing like it's on fire.
This Sugar Maple is blazing like it's on fire. | Source

The Boreal Owl

by A. Gagliardi

In the Boreal forest,

the Boreal owl

waits in the darkness

for a mouse or a mole.

The Boreal owl,

in the Boreal forest,

closes his eye,

imagines his prey,

and waits for the moment

to strike -

in one fell swoop;

in one ferocious fall,

he snatches his meal

and returns to

his perch in the tree

where he looks at me.




Which trees turn what colors?

Oaks turn red and brown

Hickory turns Bronze

Sugar Maples turn orange

Back Maples turn yellow

Red Maples turn Red

Aspen, Birch & Poplar turn Yellow

Gingko turn yellow



Why do trees change color?

by a. gagliardi

Fall brings us shorter days, cooler nights and the changing of leaf colors, especially in the Eastern and Northern states.

During winter there is not enough sunlight or water for photosynthesis.

Because plants make their food using sunlight and water, there is not enough of either as the summer wanes, so the trees shut down their food-making leaves. The leaves die and fall to the ground.

But, scientists tell us the lack of enough sunlight is the reason for trees to change color - which triggers the reduction of food making.

What makes the colors?

The green chlorophyll is used up and reveal the yellows and oranges which have been in the leaves all along. Reds and Burgandy come from food (glucose) trapped in the leaves as they shut down production. The browns in Oaks are from the waste left after production of Chlorophyll has stopped.

Warm sunny days with cool nights provide the perfect conditions for brilliant colors. Trees that get the most sunlight are the reddest because the glucose, or sugar still in the leaves gets 'baked' by the sun.

The amount of moisture, or lack of it also plays a part in how brilliant the leaves will be. Extensive drought will cause the leaves to turn brown sooner and fall sooner.


Fall colors viewing

Where do you go to view the fall colors?

  • My own back yard.
  • The nearest lake.
  • Up north. . .
  • I go to the country; the forest in my state.
See results without voting

Resources for tree viewing

Here are a few sites to get information on trees and why they change colors:

1.) The USDA forest service offers a bit on interesting info and tips at: http://na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

2. ) Ed Sharron, a science communication specialist with the National Park Service's Northeast Temperate Network in Vermont, explains the science behind the beautiful colors of fall. See his information at: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/19/travel/why-leaves-change-color/index.html

3. ) Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how the leaves of deciduous trees perform their annual chameleon act, changing from various shades of green to hues of bronze, orange and brilliant red at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/why-do-autumn-leaves-change-color-2013-10-03/

4.) The Farmer's Almanac has lots of interesting facts about nature and something about fall colors at: http://farmersalmanac.com/weather/2014/09/22/chemistry-fall-color/

5.) The Science Made Simple site offers information even children can understand on the changing colors of leaves and many other topics. Go to: http://www.sciencemadesimple.net/leaves.html


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whonunuwho profile image

whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Such beauty in words and pictures as we absorb this fine work. Well done my friend. whonu


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful poems and great pics. Enjoyed reading.


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agaglia 2 years ago Author

Thank you Vellur and whonunuwho for reading and for commenting on this hug. I can't get enough of the fall foliage - I know it won't last.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Very nicely done, and these make me smile, as fall strengthens...


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agaglia 2 years ago Author

hi aviannovice,

thank you for your comment. I am working on a chapbook of 'seasons'. I appreciate any approval as it eggs me on. :D

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