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Autumn Effect at Argenteuil by Claude Monet

Autumn Effect at Argenteuil by Claude Monet

Like honey on a ripened pear, a glow

upon today remains. Let’s walk, not brace

for winter yet.  Each unkempt orchard row

will stiffen, cold, the frost like sharpened lace

on this Winchester farm. Now, littered on

bent brown-tipped grass, lie unkept apples, warm,

half brown, and sweet.  Across this tangled lawn

like blurry stars the yellow jackets swarm.

Moved on, we wish the sinking sun to hold

its place. Let’s lie within this autumn space.

Stretched out, I close my eyes yet see bright gold

illuminated lids. Across my face

your shadow falls, and I confess to this:

I’ve lingered forty years in our first kiss.

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