Summer’s Benediction – Shari O’Brien

On a brilliant September afternoon,
I watch squirrels stock their pantries
Like shoppers in a frenzied scurry
In grocery aisles before a storm.
Summer birds are winterizing nests
And saying goodbye to neighbors
Who don’t fly south before the snow.

In a sky as indigo
As a painting by Van Gogh,
The sun hovers close to earth,
A benign escort hugging me
As I walk in bracing air.
In the burnished light, the grass
Is a glossy technicolor green,
And leaves shimmer like metallic jade
Fringed in pale gold and tangerine.

A bittersweet September afternoon
Is summer’s exquisite benediction
Before the requiem of fall.


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