Kaleidoscope colours carpet the ground –
A palette of yellow, red, green and brown.
Splashes of sunshine transform the prosaic;
Layers of leaf-paint reveal the mosaic.

A blustery breeze
Tugs at the trees;
Somehow they know
They must let go
With spiral flutters
As autumn mutters
And makes her bed
With tear-leaves shed.

Her blanket soon fades, leached pale by the cold
Her leaves disappear, consumed by the mould
She falls into slumber and dreaming, she yearns
For the colours of spring – the kaleidoscope turns.

Wayne Visser © 2004


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.