Autumn # 2

outdoors in the fall
errant early leaves
abandon hope
coffee cools too soon
	sweatshirts and long pants
against the chill
perhaps gloves
to turn pages before
collecting leaves
in the war between 
the book and leaves
the book wins
until the window opens
and leaves get help
then the book rests
	next to the coffee
sitting quietly
	until
wind ruffles the pages
	as if by unseen hands
anxious to get on with the story
while gloveless hands
grip the rake
	with little enthusiasm
but sweating nevertheless
	as the warming sun
climbs 
off comes the sweatshirt 
        tee shirt soaked
leaves gathered corralled 
piles tempting the wind
       nevertheless
the books waits
       to continue

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