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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.

10/26/19
New Autumn Sonnets Contest
Judged:  11/28/19

Writing Challenge - December - Any poem NA'd in November 2019
Sponsor, Dear Heart- Wiishkobi Ode

Copyright © Dale Gregory Cozart | Year Posted 2019

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  1. Date: 11/19/2019 3:33:00 AM

    A brilliant sonnet, Dale. Wonderful imagery. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
  1. Date: 11/9/2019 3:15:00 PM

    Gorgeous sonnet Dale
  1. Date: 11/6/2019 8:14:00 AM

    Love this.
  1. 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
  1. Date: 10/29/2019 6:07:00 PM

    Excellent sonnet Dale.
  1. Date: 10/28/2019 2:09:00 PM

    Wow! This poem is so good! Great job! I enjoyed this poem!
  1. Date: 10/27/2019 6:13:00 PM

    Hello Dale Gregory Cozart, I see a scene of beauty. Have a nice evening my friend.
  1. Date: 10/26/2019 7:45:00 PM

    Send some warmth this way Dale
  1. Date: 10/26/2019 5:48:00 PM

    There you go again Dale making Mother Nature blush......
  1. Date: 10/26/2019 2:55:00 PM

    - A wonderful description, Dale - Best wishes in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 10/26/2019 2:37:00 PM

    This is a stunning write Dale, a clear winner to me!
  1. Date: 10/26/2019 2:14:00 PM

    A wonderful use of imagery Dale.
  1. 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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