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photo-12Asheville Garden, Morning of This Year’s First Hard Freeze

The morning
of Asheville’s first hard freeze,
I stepped into the bracing morning air
and was suddenly overcome
by the smell of Rosemary—
as if the cold
released
the last of summer’s
fragrance:
“Remember.”

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Trees in Baltimore and Silver Springs, Maryland. Deer in Silver Springs.

Tree leaf-turning
is breath-taking,
soul-stirring
in Maryland.
Walking with friends
in Baltimore
and then, Silver Springs,
along the streets and parks
in their neighborhoods,
vocabulary failed us;
photographs
too.

I watched a flock
of Robins,
feasting on a giant Holly tree
in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood;
deer, grazing
and resting
in the woods
of, yes, Leisure World,
Silver Spring’s now-mature
retirement community.

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Freshly home
this morning…
Hackberry and Chinaberry leaves
are now yellow.
Migrating Robins sing
atop the Hackberry,
drink from water bowls.
And—though never before—
I saw a lone deer
stroll under the hedge row
along the alpaca pen fence.

May we always
remember.