Unwelcome wind undressed Chestnut’s golden gown, stark, stripped bare to bark.
Gold-leaf garments scarred where bound, torn, paper-thin to ground.
Bitter breath ground with grating gravel-rain, penetrated to vein.
Ice sheets suffocate bare til broken down, tarnished gold to brown.
Sodden remains surrender to green-tip, wounds healed, the winter yields.
“Brief: 366/2020 project, prompt ‘Leaf’