The Fifth Season

You asked for summer –

And it’s at your threshold,

In robes of burning leaves

Of dry, exhausted soil

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Afraid of heat and draught,

You begged for autumn

And, crying rains, it came

To wail outside your door

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Scared of its open wounds,

You called for winter

Who, like a blizzard, swift

All ice, distress and cold,

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Appeared, but it was spring

You thought you wanted:

Capricious, lukewarm, shy

It came, but you recoiled

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You locked your home,

Inventing a fifth season,

Which looked like summer,

Smelled like autumn herbs,

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Which had the grace

And fierceness of a winter

And laughed, like spring,

At your uncanny jokes