November Again

November Again

Leaves are turning the shades of autumn
then falling, one by one,
to the misted ground below.
Summer flowers have faded and died.
The sun hides behind dark and dreary
It is November again.

Was it so long ago
that this month brought warm
thoughts of Thanksgiving together?
The smell of wood burning,
walks in the nippy air?
This is the month you left us.
And all the warm glow of November
went with you.

All that remains are the chrysanthemums
planted in a special memorial
garden for you.
Ready to burst into beautiful shades
of yellow and orange.
They symbolize one more year without you.
But our love has not diminished.

Pat Dodge
TCF, Sacramento, CA

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