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by Kevin T. McEneaney
Tue Sep 24th, 2019

Swallow tail butterfly with great black dots

flitting on pink phlox in mild mellow air—

its yellow shimmer recalling the sun

of full golden-breath summer abundance.


I ponder about approaching autumn

as I note a parsley leaf turned yellow

and a plump wooly bear caterpillar

crossing where I was about to two-step

in secret dance of ecstatic wonder

while my son searches for his baseball bat

to hit home runs into green foliage

while bees, asps, and hornets frantically search

about our ears for last dregs of pollen

as days diminish in fruit and sunlight.