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After this long dark summer,

I feel the lightness of autumn approach.

The sun is slipping

And the leaves fall

In love with the cooling earth.


Sometimes you have to surrender –

It doesn’t matter what

Your plans were, how you feel,

You just have to go with down with

The sun, in layers of coloured silk.


After our hot dry summer

How come I love you even more?

Why doesn’t experience dim, or

Familiarity wither? Why do I

Sense my roots mingling with yours?


Our pain, like our sweat, binds us

Closer. You made me angry and

Jealous. But I’m not mad.

Like the leaves I fall

In love with your cooling earth.

Peter Jukes 2006


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