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Shirtsleeve Weather


Along the shoreline sumac and Virginia creeper

are red accents among the pale flowers

of the late-blooming asters. The air is warm

with a trace of humidity left over from August,

but the fishermen in their powerboats are gone.


Sunlight is streaming through the green

and gold leaves at the foot of the bay.

Yellow leaves drift down to the lake's surface.

They bunch up along the shore like bathers standing

in the shallows on a summer afternoon,


as if wanting to prolong the morning, before they

yield to waves and wind and sink to the bottom

(where they soon become the muck that slides

through your toes next summer, standing

knee-deep in the cooling waters of the lake).

Copyright © 2021 by Robert Alexander