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Away from the Road
Fragment on a Theme by Ausonius
Remembering early fall evenings on the Upper North Fork, Matilija
... now that the evening star is bringing on
earlier the day's last light and its shadows,
how many minutes more will that calm reach
hold the bright tan hillside? and the dark bay leaves
make dark bay leaves on the surface along the bank
of a pool there? and toyon berries, dead ripe by now and
hanging by the fi stful, put their redness in your riffl
es ...?