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Autumn Love

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When you stood smiling under a roof of leaves
Stained by the frost, a huntress eager to start
Her quarry, I froze transfixed and heard the forest
Sing with an arrow softly claimed by my heart.

Other folk passed and spoke as if they saw only
An everyday street post the notice of autumn again,
But I was mortally struck and even the shadows
Seemed burning, and flowers grew from my wound and pain.

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When you stood smiling under a roof of leaves
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Ladies Home Journal (Nov. 1959) 114.
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Publishing Error: pages 19-20 and 41-42 and incorrectly printed twice, back to back, between pages 30-31