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Late August

Caught in the limbo of summer to autumn

summer’s heat still pressing down

yellow walnut leaves drift

and the ways of humans state

falsely that autumn has begun.

Children trudge off to school

cars and people hurry, impatient

to return to their dull routines.

Marching band’s practice

shoves itself out of place

into the woods

a jarring counterpoint

to birds and insects.

Human endeavors clashing noisily

with the rhythms of the natural world.

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