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My Indian Summer*

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Clouds are billowier
Seas are bluer

Skies are brighter
We are drier in some places

I will rise earlier
Your garden seems fuller

Lawns grow greener
Dew drips heavier

Insects act livelier
The couch cushions feel plusher

Your cheeks look redder
Eggnog tastes richer

And springiner, well, that doesn’t quite get it.
But it is wetter in other places

For a few days and some hours
Earth becomes cozier

Then comes the grey wind
and the snow will be no welcomer.

 

* Indian Summer is a period of unseasonably warm weather that occurs late-September to mid-November. Late-19th century Boston lexicographer Albert Matthews made an exhaustive search of early American literature for the phrase.

It was clearly already in widespread use, and was so-called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by American Indians,
or  because the American Indians first described it to Europeans,
or  it had been based on the warm and hazy conditions in autumn when Native Americans hunted.

Copyright © 1960-2015 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved

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One thought on “My Indian Summer*

  1. Now I have an eggnog craving 🙂

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