A GENTLE END

Leaves arrange for night,

the aroma of dark green

stays close to the branches

 

crickets capture a

cruel cadence

 

velvet breezes close

the roses and day lilies

 

reed tops lightly rustle

a sandpaper hymn

 

fireflies light a path

to the nearest screen door

flashing creative energy

 

everything is painted

with coolness,

a reverent covering

 

we are south of the river

where blackbirds settle

in at dusk

 

day ends

achieving its goal

without remorse

 

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