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Keep your face to the sunshine
and shadows will fall behind you. -- Walt Whitman

Hard Winter by Jim Hatfield

Winter will be hard this year.
The wind is cold and Hazel said it tried to snow in Walsall yesterday.

Winter will be hard this year.
I feel this not because of any eye to nature’s signs; migrating birds
Already on the wing, badgers hibernating early, that sort of thing

But on the grounds that, after spring slipped in unannounced and
Summer flounced in fits and starts, autumn took a stand; more grand
And dramatic than seen for years.

Shropshire’s October has exploded. Like an everlasting firework display,
The trees have teased, took weeks to drop their leaves which then were
Gone within a day.

Winter will be hard this year,
Skeletal oaks and maples seem to say.

The Linnets Wings