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The smoke from the shashlik  fires  made us hungry
So that we could have eaten the falling golden manna from the trees
Offered to two wanderers in this sylvan wilderness.
Not forty years, but forty minutes in which life changed for us. 
It was only a field trip she said, to study the socio-environmental
Arrangement, the attitudes, of couples in the autumnal picnic grounds. 
She needed the truth for her dissertation, she needed my help.
Knight errant in the pursuit of knowledge, that’s me.
In pursuit of her, if the simple truth be known.
She gave me the golden opportunity I had been seeking all summer:
Now the harvest was at hand, and the reaper all too ready.
She needed photos to show the attitudes of the couples
No photos were  needed to show our attitudes. 
We were clearly a couple with attitude, and my socio-environmental
Score matched hers exactly: that’s scientific for “we fell in love”.
Look up! Such a glorious afternoon of yellows, and a blue sky.
Look down! The lake reflecting our faces filled with smiling delight,
Gold underfoot, and her lustrous flaxen hair draped over my shoulder.
The field trip showed the truth, she knew it and so did I.
It was forty years ago : we still remember it, tell our kids about it,
Especially on fall days like today.

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Written by Sydney Peck  2 October 2011,   and    
Entered  in  Francine Roberts’s  Contest   “A Nature Tale”

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  1. Date: 10/24/2011 11:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Francine's "A Nature Tale" contest Syd. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/22/2011 5:51:00 PM
    Congrats. Sydney on your special winning poem. Love,Vie

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 11:04:00 PM
    congrats on your Honorable Mention in the contest Syd and thank you for your continuous support

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 2:03:00 PM
    I just saw Francine's note to you. Hurry and put your name and date on this one.

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 2:02:00 PM
    wow, what an incredible story, both love and nature together. And how cool that you married someone with same interests in school! Good luck in the contest, SYdney.

  1. Date: 10/2/2011 11:40:00 AM
    name and date on all entries Syd, please and thank you