18. Equinox

Central Texas trees turn late,

but this year


the crepe myrtles,

the bigtooth maples,

the red oaks


show more color than usual,

fueled by severe drought,

cool nights, warm days.


Mom, too, blooms bright this autumn,

despite cancer.


She snuggles close to Dad,

welcomes well-wishers.

Her leaves hang on with all their might.