Anticipation of Autumn

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    Waking up to the chilly dawn
    Hoping for the frost,
    And then feeling the cold flow away
    To be replaced by a deceptively warm day
    Was just one of a fading summer’s tricks.
    The coats being worn in the morning’s cool
    And being carried in the afternoon’s warmth
    Were just another sign
    Of the approaching chill
    And of the changing days.
    In the fenced-in backyard
    I could be seen
    Desperately watching the sky
    For snow clouds
    And south-bound birds.