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Friday, November 6, 2015

Burning Leaves

Dog in Bag - Name

Burning Leaves
The smell of burning leaves remembered
small town, in November
Southern Illinois
the turning foliage
gone prismatic in the light
then fallen, raked, and set on fire
joss sticks turned red
white scarves of smoke
nature’s perfume
sweet scented sendoff
into hemispheric night.
Leaves at Dump - Name 
Leaves as Disposal Site – Borlänge, Sweden

I never thought about it at the time, a passing thing. Do people still burn leaves? Not here in Sweden. We have plastic bags now, we rake the leaves, and put them into plastic bags, then take the bags to a disposal area, where something clever with them. Some leaves go to little compost boxes people have in their back yards. All very practical. Not so romantic. There are bonfires here in Sweden, big ones, every year. It’s not the same.

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