Hues of Autumn
by Richard LeDue
for the first time in months
as electric baseboard heater turns on,
air goes dull,
blankets become redundant.
Helps suffocate that new wrinkle
already beneath a special cream
when sales on hair dye finally mattered.
Double check windows,
as if locks will keep out the cold,
prevent coming snow
that reeks of hand-me-down toboggans,
lost mittens, and departing youth.