As autumn presses every leaf
to ponder mere mortality,

most evergreens would disagree:
the grandeur of eternity

shows vibrant vistas gray and go,
surviving fires, ice, and snows

with seeds and roots disposed to grow
beyond what any season knows.

Aeonian © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: October 21, 2020