In the autumn of our lives,
We soak sun slowly
Or swirl like burnt orange leaves
On the breast of softly flowing streams.
Breath comes slower then,
A motion barely perceived
As we lay us down to rest.
Dr. Emory D. Jones is a retired English teacher who has taught in high school and in several community colleges. He has four hundred and thirty-two credits including publication in such journals as American Poetry, Deep South Magazine, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, The Cumberland River Review, and Encore: Journal of the NFSPS. He is retired and lives in Iuka, Mississippi, with his wife, Glenda. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.