Archaeology of Autumn

Archaeology of Autumn
by E. Forrest Frank

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An archaeology of autumn covers the ground.
The story told as if pages in a book.

The first and deepest layer are the acorns of late summer,
The remembrances of squirrels and chipmunks working,
gathering these gifts for the winter to come.
Perhaps they paused now and then for a bit of play.

Black gum was the first to color in the latest summer,
reds, brilliant, fluorescent,
First to color and first to fall.

Maples came next. They flashed their flash of color,
yellows, oranges, and red. Then their moment passed.
Down they fell to crisp a carpet on earth.

Next came the grandest of the grand,
tuliptrees with leaves turned gold in the autumn light,
big leaves, bold leaves, the color of the sun.

The oaks are the last bastion of summer,
their leaves a muted rainbow of warm browns.
They hold tight to the limbs, clinging to the past,
waiting to release their grip
under the late fall rains or early snows of winter.
At last they drop.

The season completes its cycle,
The beginning and the end of the tale.
to form this archaeology of autumn.

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About Edward Forrest Frank

My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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