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After the late harvest, you stroll
the fence line in waning light.
Cornstalks limp on black dirt.
Cobalt sky a harbinger of snow.

At the abandoned farmstead
ripe with wind-beaten boards,
boughs of windbreak pines,
like empty shells, sing of a coast
states away. You shut your eyes,
anchor yourself.

The first flakes on your face
are the spray from waves
hitting shoreline rocks.