To linger here where time is slow,
To pause in this space just after the first frost
when everything is sweeter.
To listen to the leaves make madrigals
accompanied by a thrum of wings
ready for migration.
Thinking only of wind and moon
that great gathering has no thought of cold;
they lift their wings and lean into tomorrow.
Guided through the day by sunshine,
they rest in dark of night, blessed
by the benevolence of smaller stars.
The flocks will return come Spring.
Migration is their nature, but I
will linger here where time is slow.