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First Line: The fields flow with fireweed
Last Line: At the coming of the night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Purdy, Susan Louise
Subject(s): Minnesota

The fields flow with fireweed;
the birches
on the hillrise
Sing a psalmody of summer weather;
wintergreen and bunchberry
hide their scarlet earrings
among the brake fern,
And goldenrod waves many a saffron feather.

The pines spread dark wings,
the forest floor,
Where the fawn runs with velvet feet,
stirring up the bronze needles
until their sweet aroma
drifts out
Where sun and shadow meet.

The landscape sways with motion,
rocking rhythmically
in a cerulean cradle;
Shadows move ahead of wands of light;
the singing dance of morning
slows to the beating march of noon,
flows into adagio
At the coming of the night.

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