People shuffle across skywalks avoiding
autumn chill, chestnut oaks & red maple
leaves deprived of nutrients cling
to branches, change motely colors, turn
their backs on lead-grey skyscrapers
where granite slabs & tempestuous clouds
reflect somber reality off high rise glass
while teens wearing gloves & hoodies
stomp thin ice sheets blanketing the plaza
bricks causing hairline fractures to spread
& interweave like frosty spiderweb threads
resistant to season venues, impervious
to pedestrian feet liquifies in meager sunlight
& buoys fallen leaves down storm drains.