mud

Too weak to warm the earth, the now-low sun, powering down for the dark season, illuminates the last leaves side on. Rain of all kinds: sky-suspended, barely falling; rampant deluge; and the common or garden kind, noted only for its frequency. Snow-water, too. Greedily, the ground swallows it all, till full and flooding, and once-familiar ways become sticky traps, catching prints of foot, paw and hoof.