Magazine | November 3, 2014, Issue

Poetry

A REVERIE

Some days in August there’s a summer hum

Of distant outboard motors, or a plane

Relentlessly pursuing a puffed cloud,

Echoes of past revelers, and then some

More silent moments, full of what’s to come –

Waves I will see crash shores, cold driving rain,

Fast traffic on the highway; droning, loud,

Insistent in its unrelenting thrum –

The acquiescent sere, last drooping mum.

It’s then I ask if summer can explain

Or lift from everything the brittle shroud

Which now has fallen on it. Still, in sum,

I see the cartwheel of the seasons roll

Know they are but the backdrop for the whole.

In This Issue

Articles

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Features

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Mythmaker

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Odd Lot

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Sections

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Letters

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The Week

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Poetry

A REVERIE Some days in August there’s a summer hum Of distant outboard motors, or a plane Relentlessly pursuing a puffed cloud, Echoes of past revelers, and then some More silent moments, full of what’s ...

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