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Slow October ©

Stella
Fife, Scotland
2006

This year October is slower
Leaves remain on the cherry tree
Not quite green not yet golden
The grass is still lush
A false sameness of summer

Today the pond is filling
A new feature on my landscape
One good point of new build
Engineered but pleasant
I watch with interest for frogs

Today a grey shroud has lingered
Making the room dark even at noon
Far distance is hidden and yet
A beam of lemon light shines
The tree filters this special adieu

October’s crispness is somewhere else
Perhaps waiting for the leaves to drop
And despite sodden grass and darkness
Dusk gave me a display and hope
Lemon sunbeams dancing in October



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