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Nostalgia and Other Lies

A poem for October

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Nostalgia and Other Lies

Red maple leaf, Canadian flag bright

Oak leaf crayola yellow

Iron between two sheets of wax paper

Label for school project and scrapbook

Read O. Henry story “The Last Leaf” and

Poem Margaret are you grieving

Over Goldengrove unleaving

Set out porch display

Cornstalks, new colored squashes

Ghostly blue, white, orange with green warts

Rake leaves into jumping mound

Unpack sweaters

Set the clock back

The rhythm of fall

Before hunkering down

Brief blue skies, evening dark.

Come, little darlings, let me read

You ghost stories;

The real haunting

Is nostalgia

Banking the fire

What was and might have been.

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