Orange-red oak leaf spiraling to earth
through gray-blue air in silent slow motion
signals the firm arrival of autumn,
a time to offer fervent thanksgiving
for the abundance of fruitful harvest.
Let that emotion be like a pebble
cast into a stilly mirror-like pond
whose ripples exfoliate in friendship,
greater sense of communal endeavor.
That potato or pumpkin you consume
becomes symbol of solidarity
and felicity in community
that aspires to put the word giving
into the daily bread of the living.