The Curve of the Lens


Photo by Frances Gunn on Unsplash

The curve of the lens bends the ray of light

as it shifts to the delicate strand of web on the leaf.

Brown edges betray the gold grandeur of autumn

illuminated by the morning sun that quickly climbs

to the top of Dickie Ridge only to move in an arc

that hides the leaf’s glory, leaving it in silent splendor.



Joanne Zarrillo Cherefko

Award-winning educator and published poet: A Consecration of the Wind, Fragmented Roots, and Souls Tilled Like Soil. Website: