Shaun Patterson

Fall Considerations

Wadding up beach clothes is mournful and slow.
The persimmons are picked, soon to be ripe.

Orange leaves and new sweaters.
Sharp autumn air and the trace of a smoldering hearth.

With packed stomachs and exultant hearts.
A pleasant layover before traveling to winter.

Families coming together.
As groups and clusters, as masses and messes.

Mornings are dim, and I yawn generously.
Hardcover novels endear themselves to me.

I am all at once, not dejected or quite cheerful.
Cinnamon in everything.

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