August 22, 2010
SUNY Jefferson
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August 22, 2010

Margot C. Jacoby

Vegetables in the garden ripening
for the table and for canning
Berries and other fruits reddening
ready for eating on the spot and preserving
if any are left...
Smells and scents of late summer: musky leaves
changing hues in the sun after the rain
Longer shadows in the afternoon
cooler air in the evening after hot days
Fields covered in goldenrod and yarrow dotted
with black-eyed Susans and asters
A time to reap the harvest of life and glory
and now a time to try to live
in the lonely loss of you.