Winter Warning

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Please pardon all the flowers
That I’ve been posting lately
I just want small reminders
Once winter comes ’round again
That things were once alive
And vibrant colors still exist
Outside of blankets of white
With dirty trims of grey from
The spray of salted wheels
Outlines of dark branches whose
Leaves have long ago fallen
Swept away by wind and rakes
And loud motorized contraptions
Winter is not too far away
And I shudder at the thought
Of waking once again to the
Gentle whiteness of cold flakes
Covering–well, everything!
And blackbirds brave enough
(Or dumb enough) to stick around
Shoveling that once was fun
Becoming the bane of existence
Heavy coats and sweaters
Filling drawers and closets
To overflowing
And the greyness of skies
Lasting day after day causing
Smiles of populations
To disappear just a bit
Due to lack of warmth and
Vitamin D
So if you will please indulge me
For a while longer
As I soak in the joy and soul food of
A certain kind of deciduous nature
And share it here where I can return
To remember that nothing lasts
Forever but love

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