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Once Upon an Autumn
Randy Cadenhead


Young boys pass down the sidewalk -
helmeted adventurers on scooters
racing into unknown lands
just three doors down where two
girls play with dolls and
puppies hide their faces like snakes
amid rows of monkey grass
In their worlds everything
is fresh and new and nothing
renders fear or doubt
The horizon is as far
as the end of this block
and the future is as
distant as tonight’s dinner
It is a perfect October day
crisp without the harsh
heat of days gone by or the chill
tomorrow may bring
Just this timeless day exists with its
endless Indian Summer afternoon
and its rich reminders
of once upon my own childhood

© by Randy Cadenhead.
Used with the author’s permission.



Randy Cadenhead is the author of four books, the most recent being The Funny Thing About a Poem.  Although he teaches at Emory Law School, you are more likely to find him sailing somewhere in search of the perfect sunset. Randy lives in Decatur, Georgia; learn more about him at



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Lori Levy:
Great depiction of an "endless Indian Summer afternoon."
Posted 10/14/2019 02:32 PM
Nice poem!! Takes me a good way!!!
Posted 10/14/2019 09:47 AM
Janet Leahy:
Great lines--"without the harsh heat of days gone by or the chill tomorrow may bring." Thanks Randy.
Posted 10/14/2019 09:32 AM

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