Autumn in Florida
 
 
Smug live oaks drop a leaf or two,
Acknowledging the time of year;
Droll cypress take from this their cue,
Turn rust as if their end is near.
 
But shocked by drops of two degrees,
And finding zephyrs icy gales,
Anoles* swear there’s been a freeze,
Grow numb and let us touch their tails.
 
Pallid souls in shortest shorts
Appear again along the shores,
While every native now resorts
To gloves and earmuffs out-of-doors.
 
*Those little Florida lizards that everyone calls chameleons

(2001)

Published with permission in "Lyric,", Vol 77, No. 4

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