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  • As the last light is shaken from pear, maple and birch, it is tempting to extrapolate
    and feel your own luster draining away.

    As the final sluggish frog is plucked from the pond, it is easy to get maudlin
    and note the deaths that have touched the year.

    Winter dangles its gifts in front of you

    especially now
    when Earth toughens its shell
    and Sky shouts its departures

    especially now
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