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August's Anticipation
Robert Manchester

In late August
summer wears its old clothes.
The trees are flush with leaves,
thrift store rough around the edges,
beginning to show their age.
Acorns drop
among the grasshoppers
who poke through the drooping cone flowers,
and in the cool early mornings
the night's dew sparkles
off spider webs covering the grass.†
Fairy trampolines.
In its last days August waits,
like a child impatient
for the opening of school,
for Its trees' fancy new clothes.
Shimmering in their showy
red, yellow and orange hues.†
© by Robert Manchester.
Used with the authorís permission.



Robert Manchester (1943 - 2022) was born and raised in New Hampshire, surrounded by leafy trees, stone walls, and memories of Robert Frost, Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall, and Richard Eberhardt. He wrote and published poems for 50+ years, admitting that he much preferred writing to submitting, although his work appeared in print frequently. Robert especially enjoyed writing "edgy" poems, he said, about "the underbelly of life--the junk cars, tumbledown trailers, goat pens in the front yard, and the like." In addition to being a poet, he was a lifelong gardener and devoted volunteer at many charitable, educational, and public organizations.



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That's just how it feels today, the intangible 'summer wears its old clothes' feeling ~ and thank you for the 'fairy trampoline' - marvelous imagery! Your poem is a late summer treat. Judy
Posted 08/29/2012 10:08 AM
"summer wears its old clothes" great image.
Posted 08/29/2012 09:03 AM
lovely images...
Posted 08/29/2012 07:57 AM
This is a truly masterful opening stanza. What a superb opening for the poem!
Posted 08/29/2012 07:05 AM

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