Summer Retreats

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Summer Retreats

Corn yellows in fields

and the smell of burning wood

fills the air. Woolly caterpillars

inch their way across trails, and leaves


the color of bark fall and land

in my dying marigolds.

Summer retreats to the other hemisphere,

yet she fills the day with a sun so bright

and with such abundant warmth that we almost forget

she's really gone, till night comes

sooner and cooler.

The turning of seasons


takes place between a chorus of crickets

and the springing leap of grasshoppers.

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