leaves fill the air with the colors of change

crisp, cold air permeates all

grasses freeze and break in their length

crystalline reminders of the never-ceasing rotation of season

skeletal trees reach to the sky straining for a fading sun

dark, laden cloud covers all

creatures burrow under earth seeking insulation

velvety reminders of the never-ending drop in temperature

cars spew their starkly contrasting breath

white, moist wisps rise from all

hands grow numb and lose their strength

anesthetized reminders of the ever-growing winter

dogs' howls fill the air with the changing moon

bright, silver light in the dark touches all

humans chill and grow ill with the breathtaking frost

desperate reminders won't let us forget that

winter

is coming

winter

is here