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November For Beginners (No Rain)

The rain held off
for hours, long enough to smell  
its presence -- warm and burned;
summer sun afar now,
leaving crisp cobalt air
to chill our skin  
in early dusk of late day.
 
Our wood stack sits  
in anticipation of purpose --
to rise and leave its bed
with a crackle and pop.
Our hearts stiffen as
flower heads on rigid stalks.
We can't yet fathom Spring
in the sea of brown and gold --
its trimmings  
 
Trail our feet;
rustle a scratchy, unmetered
tune on a hollow, stringless instrument.
We tap harmoniously on its belly  
in fingers of windy demise.
 
   .....
PoetsRevenge
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Author's Note
Inspired by the poetry of Rita Dove, and the subject of lack of rain that has caused the current drought and a seeming pandemic of nature echoing man's condition. Written for the Sonata Mulattica...
Inspired by the poetry of Rita Dove, and the subject of lack of rain that has caused the current drought and a seeming pandemic of nature echoing man's condition. Written for the Sonata Mulattica comp.
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=35002
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