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J.D. Deutschendorf
717 Cedar Springs Dr
Tuttle, Oklahoma

  this year's autumn

an early tinge of red has risen
on the maple leaves,
hastened by the shrinking light
of shortening days.

summer's warmth, retreating slowly,
gives grudging way at last
to autumnů approaching
on the cool welcome winds of September.

this last full season of the year
is now beginning,
and with it, my spirit,
somewhere deep inside of me,

yearns for the time
of its own transformation;
stirred by the glow from sumac,
dogwood, walnut and oak.

     yet though a new heaven
     and earth await,
     whose beauty cannot here be told,
     what glory there is
     in this year's autumn;
     a sweeter sorrow none but God could dare create!

from: Silhouettes
Copyright © 2001
by J.D. Deutschendorf