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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

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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

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takes place between a chorus of crickets

and the springing leap of grasshoppers.

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