Evening at Home
The eye that closes at dusk
winks a dark conspiracy. You reach
through the hanging between us. The russet
mums beside the front stoop gather
the fading light tenderly, like a worn wallet
molded to fit a hip, a granddaughter's
portrait in cellophane. Like creeping shadows,
yellow maple leaves descend the steps.
Look how the stem and lobes drift
and curl inward, curl like fingers closing
in a grasp. How do we know the season
enhances us? We touch lips, essences.
The rusty mums lose their color in
the purple pulse of evening. Clemmie,
we are the flowers' stained petals blooming
toward a frost we cannot predict, cannot stay.
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