September 30th, Georgia, 2019

September 30, 2019

She rises in the dark

feels her way to the comfort spot on the porch and listens

The insects and tree frogs are more faint, slower

Why do tears form in the outer corner of her eyes?

An occasional yellow poplar leaf drifts from the sky.

school buses have been running for a month

past the autumn equinox

even as the thermometer will reach 92 today

Still, she pines

grieves even

for the passsage of time

for the end of a season




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