I thought it curious
to see these remnants of autumn,
a bright orange gourd and a brown leaf,
nestled into a bright, white bank of snow.

They really didn’t look unhappy.
Rather, I imagine they feel fairly lucky
to get to see another season,
to take in winter’s glory as a pair,
perched together in a perfect place
to absorb the world around them.
Suddenly, getting left out in the cold
doesn’t look so bad.