The fierce winds blew early Autumn
onto the road
where she gathered
on tiny ponds,
from morning rains.
Each puddle arranged a collage–
of jeweled reds and yellows and oranges
from maple and birch and oak.
A spray of pine needles completed the work.
This is how the walk to the farm stand
became an art show,
and this is how
a middle-aged woman,
in puddle boots,
Kelly Salasin, October 2012