The Autumn Monarch

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The Autumn Monarch

by Tony Stark

He is the autumn wind

Often warm

sometimes cold

Bringing the sadness of awareness

Of change

Loss and death

A lone figure

Standing at the border

of metal and basalt

At the tip of Battery Park

At the foot of the Lion’s Gate

Where the river meets the sea

Collar turned up around his ears

The stir of leaves rising to a flood

Air that has already passed away

From summer’s haze

And coins golden and iron and brittle

Spent by coffers deep

The ledger of summer is spent

He finishes the columns

Then locks them away

In the Black Tower

And stares out at the places

Where the river meets the sea.