autumn slips in on its

heirloom paintbrush


caramel and maple

wings and flights

leaves of rust and shadow


it settles with a chill

I can hold in my hand

like a fledgling


from the brambled brush

a lizard darts greedily

across the dappled plain


stay awhile   stay

and paint with me

the harvest




Regine is a teacher in Tucson, Arizona, in a school she founded.  Her work has been featured in Sledgehammer Lit, Chasing Shadows, Consilience and Black Bough Poems, among others.