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Dogs 2017

THE BROWNING
(10/14/17)

long before
the leaves
change color
there's a slight
diminishment
of green

the trees
do not appear
as vibrant
as they did
throughout the
summer

there's
a certain
sad bronzing
about the edges
that presages
that seasonal
death

each leaf
may flame
into color
in the coming
weeks

but today
they droop
a bit

shriveling
like the hands
of a aging
merchant

dropping
coins
of a realm
no longer
in rule