Autumn Schmautumn

The Prompt: Autumn Leaves—Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?

Autumn Schmautumn

The only colored leaves I see are going to be faux,
for autumn never visits in my part of Mexico.
In fact, those piles of autumn leaves are far back in my past.
Green on the leaves in Mexico just lasts and lasts and lasts.
It’s true that each leaf everywhere must one day be defeated,
but down here where I live, the only way leaves are unseated
is not by frigid temperatures. There’s no cold to unglue them.
Our only leaf-removal means is cutter ants that chew them!
The ones who cut them down are all the bravest and the best.
Their comrades wait below to carry them all to their nest.
Their robberies completed without the slightest peep,
their piles of leaves depleted in the nighttime while we sleep.
Our guard dogs doze on soundly as ants pass by in the dark,
letting all these thieveries go on without one bark.
And so I fear that this far south no autumn colors are viewed.
Our trees create no spectacle. They go from green to nude!
And though ants harvest all our leaves—just chew them off and take them,
at least they grant us favors in that we don’t have to rake them!


5 thoughts on “Autumn Schmautumn

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hi Mandy. I know. I usually use only my own images but that one was so lovely, I had to share it. The article it accompanies on the BBC website may be viewed by hitting the hyperlink attached to “cutter ants” in the body of my poem. Fascinating creatures but this year, they have depleted every bush and tree and flower on my property countless times. One day I’ll publish some of the pics I’ve taken of our skirmishes. Thanks for your comment and for reading my blog. It is so rewarding to post and then see who has read what we have written! I am having big problems with my eyes lately so can’t read all the blogs I’d like to. By the time I get posted, I’ve worn them out for the time being. Judy


        1. lifelessons Post author

          Okay, Mandy, I’ve posted them. Hope they aren’t too brutal. Makes me feel sad to destroy any part of nature, but this really is a war. I’d have no greenery at all if it were left up to the ants! Judy


          1. mandy

            I just saw your post and commented. I know it feels terrible to defend your property when the culprit is just doing what he must to provide for his own. I go through the same thing trying to rid my garden of slugs. But we all have to protect what’s ours, too (as I’m sure the ant would bite trying to defend his own.) Thank so much for posting those, they were truly awesome and an education.



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