Caught in the limbo of summer to autumn
summer’s heat still pressing down
yellow walnut leaves drift
and the ways of humans state
falsely that autumn has begun.
Children trudge off to school
cars and people hurry, impatient
to return to their dull routines.
Marching band’s practice
shoves itself out of place
into the woods
a jarring counterpoint
to birds and insects.
Human endeavors clashing noisily
with the rhythms of the natural world.