The trees are all bare now,
their fleshy leaves having withered and fallen to the ground,
exposing their bony and naked branches and skeletal imperfections.
The leaves rustle noisily under my feet.
Harsh and graceless, they are dead and decomposing,
their once brilliant colors having drained to cold dullness and risen and
overtaken the sky in shades of thickening gray.
A shiver runs down my spine and I pull the hood on my jacket up around my face,
as the leaves crunch under my feet,
making my steps crude and ugly
and reminding me in the arrogant clumsiness of my gait
that this is the December of my Decembers.