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people's poetry 10-28-04

The Falling of the Year

Autumn. sweet sad quiet. evoking memories
Captured sunlight falls to earth in
leaf-shapes
Summer sheds her clothes for sleep

A season's bounty cached in earthern mounds
in shelved glass, in zero cold
We copy creatures of the saving-kind

Leaf-smoke echoes elder days when fragrant
hearthfires warmed away the chill
of cooling winds

Crackling dryness permeates the air,
the walkways
the little catching-places where breezes send
withering pieces of fallen beauty

Grownsize feet kick in temptation
at heaps of tree debris
Listen. hear the remembered joy

-- Martha Whitaker-McGill

Marty Whitaker-McGill is a retired University of Illinois at Springfield staff employee. Her work has appeared in The Alchemist Review, a journal of creative writing published by the English Department at UIS.

People's Poetry accepts poems on any subject, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to Books and Poetry Editor Corrine Frisch c/o Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705, or to cfrisch@illinoistimes.com with "People's Poetry" in the subject line.

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