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Dogs 2017

UNSEASONABLY WARM
(11/2/17)

attitudes
adjust

expectations
wane

we are on
the downward
slide
to the solstice
after all

then
we are surprised
with a fine
fall day

collars
are loosened

sleeves
rolled
to the elbows

we smile
a bit

but we know
that the heat

the calm

this time
of the year
on the plains

only presage
the cool

the cruel
northerly winds

the stormy
weather

warmth
is an omen
that will come
to fruition
all too soon

we wipe
a bit of sweat
from our
brows

trying
not to think
of the freezing
rain

the ice

the snow

that will take
the place
of perspiration

as surely
as we'll be
watching
our respiration

leading
the way
toward
winter