Before The Stars

When the sky changed tonight,
I saw it for a heartbeat or two
Pink, as a ripe peach…
Pink, as a bouquet of spray roses
Streaking through the navy twilight
Like a tie-dye quilt
But only for a minute
Because dusk took over
Sweeping the blushing sky away
Did you see it too?
Right before the stars came out
And the wind held the trees still;
Their leaves a bounty of green velvet.
It struck me then,
how soon they’ll be gone
Just like that bit of peach sky,
Each leaf turning into a small sunset
Until darkness takes over.