When autumn flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing to stay

Fall Song  –  Mary Oliver, American, born 1935
Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,
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the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back
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from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere
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except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle
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of unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This
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I try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn
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flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – how everything lives, shifting
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from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.
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Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, October 9, 2015

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