Autumn in the Tropics

The trees are starting to shed,
autumn colours appearing,
crunching under foot,
the smell of decompossing leaves.

Hang on, these trees are deciduous,
why are the leaves falling?
I am feeling confused,
I live in the tropics!

Ah ha! The wet season is over,
no rain for months.
The dry season has started,
foliage expelled to conserve water!

I enjoy the tropical autumn,
wearing shorts and a t-shirt,
I still get the autumn colours,
and kicking up piles of dry leaves.

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