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soft
is

the word of the day,
the interplay
of shadow & glow
of chilled mist
and mercury
buzzing, the steady
drip of dew
from branch and roof,
the lawn soaked through
and percolating

soft silhouettes
of sheds and homes,
sharpening edges
emerging
from the deep
blue haze of night
as the sky grays
and then purples
and pinks
and oranges,
naked branches
scraping
crisp and stark
against the dawn

a screen door creaks
in the distance
and closes,
a cough
a bark
the grumble
of a neighbor’s truck,
the clunk and whine
as its gears engage
and he drives off
into silence

leaving me
to sip my coffee
and smoke another
smoke,
surveying
my little domain
and planning
what i’ll sow
come spring

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