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Swirling Oak Leaves

A nip in the air portends the coming days When summer wanes and autumn returns, All nature prepares in many diverse ways Flora and fauna nurturing various concerns, Even while September’s warm weather stays. Swirling oak leaves traverse the meadow ‘Twas a sea of golden rod and daisy in season, Picking up dust, debris like a miniature tornado Marching straight across with sinister reason, Stealthily growing, gaining in puffing falsetto. Will expire when it slams into far vining wall Leaves gathering along the low fence row, Piling up as they always do in the chill of fall They’re protecting tender seeds lying below, Underneath, where the wild animals crawl To escape December’s coming bitter end Where warmth resides beneath the mulch, Each creature finds in Mother Nature a friend To provide at the edge of the meadow a gulch Filled by swirling oak leaves, a place to fend.
written September 1, 2021 for "Quintain (Sicilian)" Poetry Contest sponsored by Emile Pinet

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Date: 9/3/2021 10:44:00 AM
I think Emile will really love this one; he adores imagery and romantical poems.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/3/2021 10:48:00 AM
I hope so, Caren. I won one of his contests quite recently and received his book "Emotional Entanglements" as the reward. It is a marvelous collection of his work. So, I doubt I'll get a top spot so soon. Maybe. Who knows? I do like this poem myself.
Date: 9/2/2021 1:22:00 AM
A lovely picture of Nature during Autumn, Milton, great write:)
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/2/2021 8:16:00 AM
Thank you so much, Jo. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Date: 9/1/2021 6:33:00 PM
Hello Milton ... your poem is easy to picture the first day of autumn. We had our first day of spring yesterday and it was beautiful - thank you Milton - Lindsay
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/1/2021 6:38:00 PM
Thank you so much, Lindsay. I wish we could back and do spring and summer over (I love them!) without all of the hullaboo of COVID and polarization of our people. Have wonderful, warm days ahead.
Date: 9/1/2021 12:31:00 PM
Love the imagery in this well written quintain Milton, can just see those swirling oak leaves, I love this time of year, best of luck in the contest. Tom
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/1/2021 12:58:00 PM
Thanks, Tom, so much for your kind comment and luck in the contest. I'll keep my fingers crossed.