There it was: a lonely autumn leaf.
I wouldn’t know which kind,
definitely not fern, but
in a fading shade of fern green.
Half covered by the brown
of an insolent mud-slush,
she was clamping
to the rain-soaked plastic bag
of The Wall Street Journal
and shivering
in horror at the headlines.

Adnan Adam Onart lives in Cambridge, MA. His work appeared in Prairie Schooner, Naugatuck Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review. The Passport You Asked For, his first collection, includes poems about the history and culture of the Crimean Tatars. He is one of the winners of 2011 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition.