. It’s Fall, Y’all! Autumn is here and I’m swathed in a sweater, A snug fluffy scarf and warm mittens. My Ugg-cuddled feet have never felt better; These boots are as cute as soft kittens. Autumn is here and it’s chocolate I’m sipping With melted marshmallows galore. Pumpkin-spice candles are glowing and flickering, But PHEW… when I open my door… Autumn is here and the temperature’s soaring; Cicadas still screech in the trees. Leaves are spring-green and the fierce sun is roaring; I wilt in the sweltering breeze. Autumn is here and the heat greets and beats me. My woolens are hurled on the deck. Never mind cocoa, toss ice in my sweet tea And rub some sunscreen on my neck! Autumn is here yet I feel Summer simmer; She mocks me from sizzling skies--- The chance of an autumn in Texas is slimmer Than hairs on a butterfly’s thighs. . . Lady Marmalade My blaze phase is here and I cheer at the fact that I’m orange. ____I’m orange and proud and I shout it aloud through the blue. I used to be green and then aquamarine, now I’m orange. ____I’m orange and blessed with a citrusy zest and gold hue. I faded to grey every glum umber day, now I’m orange. ____I’m orange and shine as I dance on cloud nine in the rain. My feet pirouette as the puddles reflect flares of orange. ____I’m orange and glow as I tango past indigo pain. At times I would sink into blushing-cheek pink. Now I’m orange. ____I’m orange and hot in cool mango and apricot chic. I’m sassy and flashy with juicy-fruit beauty in orange--- ____A tangerine mama whose manner will never be meek. I went through a stage of bland buff and drab beige, now I’m orange. ____Dull dun holds no fun for one under Sol’s clementine spell. Now inside and out there’s no shadow of doubt I am orange. ____I shimmer like trees in the titian-kissed leas where I dwell. So long to dire days in a drear purple haze, I am orange. ____A lavender life is too yawningly boring by far. What soul wants to rove in magenta and mauve when she’s orange? ____I’m making a splash with my peachy panache. I’m a star! . . Susan Jarvis Bryant is from Kent, England. She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas. Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).