A city cat
chose a sunny spot
in the food forest
the afternoon
of this first-freeze,
late-Novemer Sunday.

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By then
sun had warmed the chill
and the cat wasn’t the only one
out among the sunlight and the trees.
We humans too
were out—
some in Oklahoma City’s Edgemere Park—
taking in the flabbergasting beauty,
the mystery,
the wonder;
gratefully bearing briefly
the unkeepable impact—
that soaring vigor raging in the chest—
when standing amid light and leaf.

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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.

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The colors of the trees are so scrumptious,
don’t you just want to climb up in there?

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