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Equinox / Fall

The first days of fall feel
like breaths of fresh air with
cool splashes of morning
swirled within. The thermostat
set at 55° fires up the heat
throughout our cottage
of a house and later
as the afternoon sun tops 80°
air conditioned coolness
circles the rooms within – this
surely is equinox – a startling
play between warm and cool –
between noon and
long shadows across  
late afternoon lawns
kissing the chrysanthemums
into evening.