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Fall, in Minnesota

Fall, in Minnesota

It deceives us,

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this warm, buttery air,

this displaced blaze of summer.

How is it, I wonder,

that the sumac knows to riot in red,

that the grasses put on their coppery sheaths

and the trees sigh into gold?

When was the last time

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the annuals struggled into October,

dull and leggy, but blooming

nonetheless, triumphant

amid the spilled and curling leaves?

I consider all of this -

the beginnings of autumn,

beauty's finger everywhere.

This is why I live here,

this is why I live.

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