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PRESERVES, by            
First Line: This summer I shall try preserving
Last Line: Into spring.
Subject(s): Fruit; Memory; Seasons; Summer; Time

This summer I shall try preserving.
Neither strawberries nor plums,
Nor blackberries nor cherries,
Nor peaches nor pears
Shall go into my jars.
But salt sea breeze, summer stars,
Leafy lanes in silent woods,
Orchid blooms and wild-bird calls,
Strips of sandy beach,
Meadows gold with buttercups,
Roadways edged with Queen Anne's lace,
Sunlight on a yawl's white sails,
Children's voices shouting
At their games upon the grass --
Pause Time, and let them linger
In this magic interlude --
Rush of surf against the rocks,
Sea-gulls crying on a reef.
These, and such as these,
Shall I store away within my heart,
To tide me through the winter
Into spring.

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