Autumn Song

© 2011 by Christopher and Maria Clymer Kurtz

Take me home before the dark,
Before my time to leave has come and gone, 

nights and days too long.
Take me home before the dark,
Before the windows fog, doors shut and barred, 

things fall apart.

I can see my face in a couple of years
Staring back at me from a puddle of tears.
I can see the ways I’m going out of style.
I can see that people think I’m way behind.
I can see the way they try to be kind.
Not telling me it’s time to move on.

Take me home before the dark,
Before the sun, moon and stars fade into the sky, 

swallowed by night.
Take me home before the dark,
Before the clouds return after the rain, 

pouring again.

Take me home before the dark,
Before this dust returns to where it began, 

just a grain of sand.
Take me home before the dark,
Before the last of my leaves crumble and fall, 

autumn song.