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Beautiful Autumn Magic 

by Linda Crate 

autumn days
full of gold and red
are my favorite
they shimmer in excited laughter
as orange is poured down
from the clouds,
and there are still touches of green;
every once in a while a brown leaf
says hello—
autumn feels like the kindest magic
in all her beauty and her courage to change
she sheds the year past,
as i wish i could shed years that have
come and gone;
but i cannot cut away this pain
no matter how hard i try—
the sky unravels in so many beautiful hues,
and i am enraptured by every color
sung by leaf and sky alike;
autumn smells the nicest of all the seasons
with cinnamon and apples wafting on the air—
not to mention pumpkin flavored
and i've always loved pumpkin and pumpkin flavored
things before they claimed it was basic white girl;
it makes me laugh because there's nothing
basic about me but i wouldn't expect those that sling insults
for a laugh to understand anything about complexity.
- linda m. crate

About Linda

Linda M. Crate's poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), more than bone music (Clare Songbirds Publishing, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).

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