The Return of Structure

Summer’s past its climax,

its action falling toward the curtain,

the cooler temperatures today

just a beat before the heat goes on,

but still a prompt that autumn

waits in the wings, going over

its familiar lines one last time

before its next encore.


Just weeks ago, the starring sun

kept up its show ’til nearly nine,

but now it exits, tired, limping

a little, before half past eight.

Next week, improvisation, leisurely

and creative, must give way

to the stylized drama

of the academic grind.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper


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