Some signs exist—

the last smiles of the year

upon the tawny leaves

and withered hedges —

a few cold days sneak in,

but summer’s warming breath

continues, the sun refuses

to put its heat to bed,

and our world straddles

two seasons — the gray

shade of fallow fall 

where the daisy’s eye

loses its yellow center,

and the spring-shine

where the daisy remains

fresh as the blooms of April.

—C.L. Fisher, December 2021

*italicized portion is from Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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