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Indian Summer

A glass half-full of August pours its gold on autumn's copper turning it to bronze. The brittle Santa Ana gusts unfold to rattle omens hidden in the fronds that burst from trunks up high like absinthe flame and singe October's turquoise-matted sky. Each puff of smoke that dormant clouds became has disappeared from desert's opal eye as amber winds come shrieking from the east, igniting saffron plumes among the brush like raptor birds of paradise, a beast awakened from a summer's verdant hush. The crows in flight are ashes on the air that scatter in the sunlight's molten glare.

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Date: 1/26/2022 2:40:00 PM
The grandeur of her symphonys and mysterys to boot. Oh I remember ~ Earth Alive! Thank you.
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Date: 1/25/2021 6:27:00 PM
I love the vividness of your regal imagery, Dale ~ nothing but the best! Loved to find this gem published in the 2020 PS Anthology ~
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Date: 7/29/2020 2:05:00 PM
a very belated congrats for whichever contest this won in
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Date: 7/29/2020 2:04:00 PM
utterly amazing, Dale. I can't believe you have written so few poems since this time this was posted and still I had not ever seen this gorgeous sonnet.
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Date: 4/28/2020 8:31:00 PM
Excellent sonnet, Dale. Love all your creative imagery, and the line "A glass half-full of August". Congrats on your win in the Wild contest ~ John
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 4/28/2020 8:33:00 PM
Thanks for reading, John.
Date: 4/28/2020 8:20:00 PM
Oh yes. Delighted to read this again. I think I'm in love with those last two lines. Congratulations for your win! xomo
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 4/28/2020 8:33:00 PM
Thank you, Maureen.
Date: 4/28/2020 8:03:00 PM
What a beauty! Congratulations, Dale!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 4/28/2020 8:33:00 PM
Thank you, Kim. Good to hear from you.
Date: 4/28/2020 7:18:00 PM
Congratulations Dale. The line about crows being ashes on the air made my jaw drop. The implied metaphor between fire in the trees is savagely wonderful. I love unsaid metaphors hidden in the images. Pablo Neruda was very good at implied metaphors.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 4/28/2020 8:32:00 PM
Thanks very much, Jack.
Date: 12/30/2019 11:32:00 AM
Amazing context of color and metaphor! So happy I had the chance to read this wonderful poem. Lonna
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Date: 12/17/2019 5:30:00 PM
Congrats on your winning poem Dale
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 12/17/2019 5:39:00 PM
Thanks, Gregory.
Date: 12/17/2019 4:37:00 AM
A wonderful sonnet, Dale, the indian summer was blazing hot this year. Congrats on your win. John
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 12/17/2019 8:40:00 AM
Thanks very much, John.
Date: 12/16/2019 4:57:00 PM
This is gorgeous writing Dale, congrats on a deserving second place!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 12/16/2019 5:29:00 PM
Thanks, John.
Date: 12/10/2019 6:56:00 PM
Dale congratulations on your win in my writing challenge with this excellent poem, well done !
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 12/11/2019 9:18:00 AM
Thank you very much.
Date: 11/6/2019 8:14:00 AM
Love this.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 11/6/2019 8:22:00 AM
Thanks, Gary.
Date: 11/5/2019 7:06:00 PM
igniting saffron plumes among the brush like raptor birds of paradise, love the raptors... excellent write. Lovely sonnet. Well written. Ann
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 11/5/2019 7:15:00 PM
Thanks for reading, Ann.
Date: 10/27/2019 6:13:00 PM
Hello Dale Gregory Cozart, I see a scene of beauty. Have a nice evening my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 10/28/2019 8:40:00 AM
Hello Dale, I enjoyed reading this poem. Have a nice day my friend.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/27/2019 6:20:00 PM
Thanks for reading, Darlene.
Date: 10/26/2019 7:45:00 PM
Send some warmth this way Dale
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/27/2019 6:21:00 PM
Thank you for reading.
Date: 10/26/2019 5:48:00 PM
There you go again Dale making Mother Nature blush......
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/28/2019 2:33:00 PM
Now I get it. Thanks!
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John lawless
Date: 10/27/2019 9:24:00 AM
because....the feminine wile will often demurely deflect praise of their inherent beauty....IMNSHO
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/26/2019 6:39:00 PM
Thanks, John. I didn't say anything naughty, why did she blush?
Date: 10/26/2019 2:55:00 PM
- A wonderful description, Dale - Best wishes in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/26/2019 4:07:00 PM
Thanks so much, Anne-Lise
Date: 10/26/2019 2:37:00 PM
This is a stunning write Dale, a clear winner to me!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/26/2019 4:07:00 PM
Thanks for stopping by, John.
Date: 10/26/2019 2:14:00 PM
A wonderful use of imagery Dale.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/26/2019 4:08:00 PM
Thank you, James.
Date: 10/26/2019 1:14:00 PM
Stunning piece Dale, just gorgeous. A winner for me, good luck in the contest! xomo
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 10/26/2019 2:00:00 PM
Thanks very much, Maureen.