Three Loves in Autumn

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Timothy Murphy

Three Loves in Autumn


      Vermont’s hillsides are clad in maples,
      farmsteads in Chapman’s apples,
      cheddar and milk are staples,
      and September sunshine dapples
      yellow and russet maples.

      Wind curries Dakota grasses
      like flowing manes, and it amazes
      the tourist who briskly passes
      a tall shelterbelt that blazes
      briefly above the grasses.

      Golden aspens on a mountain slope
      illumine the Front Range.
      In deep dream I often grope
      to understand how change
      is requisite to hope.