Autumn: the Burning Bush

 

 

The Burning Bush, David Wagoner,

born 1926, American.

 

 

 

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A quick flare takes the leaves,

 

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And they rush together up through galls and scales

 

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To a crook of smoke, thinning and whitening,

 

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And the brief red skeleton glows to a light char.

 

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From the ends of twigs, the ashes drift like seeds.

 

 

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the bush stands bare at the edge of the silent prairie.

 

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This Japanese magnolia was a gift to Winterthur, Delaware approximately 90 years ago.  It does not begin to leaf again after winter until after the magnolia trees are in bloom in April.

 

 

 

 

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