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Ginkgo leaves and Christmas trees

Green cicadas and fallen leaves

Fallen lives, fallen hopes

Tales more tragic than the soapiest soaps

Speeding tickets and ADD

Cardiac rehab and wine that’s free

Chicken pies, caloric desserts

Sagas of death so sad it hurts

Sniffing dog and psychic cat

Artichoke dip and tummy tuck fat

Hobby clay, body clay

Diseases that take your child away

Flashes of heat and fans a-flying

Kleenex boxes and eyes a-crying

Breaths of Sol, sisters in grief

Last breaths and writings that bring relief

… and yellow spring daffodils …