The roadsides still flower, mostly in gold.
Farmers are hoping, with some luck, to get
One hay crop more, into the hold.
Squirrels are busy but not frantic yet;
Acorns, walnuts, and buckeyes, like gold,
Are stashed in safe places until they can get
Time to store them, shelled, in the hold.
Mornings start cooler but days are hot yet,
Evenings come sooner with sunsets of gold;
Migrating species fish wetlands to get
Fat for the flight; filling their traveling hold.
Summer is waning, but not finished yet;
September’s greens must still turn to gold,
Then October will offer a last chance to get
The bounty of summer stowed in the hold.