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Why should it?

Why should it so surprise us? It comes on

each year - the way that summer changes, fades.

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We notice first the early flowers gone,

and then the earlier creeping in of shades

of evening, cooler air, a sadder song,

it seems, of crickets spending out their mating calls.

New flowers bloom, those that belong

to later summer - we think of former falls

that arrive so slowly we scarce feel them come,

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with harvests plumping, fading back to rot,

old pumpkins not brought in oozing gum,

and blazing summer days then quite forgot -

and noticing all this we are made bold

to focus on those things that don't grow old.

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