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As Dawn Comes

Chris Barchard

The leaves of autumn
Fall through my life like memories
Of what is past and all that might have been
Of what once mattered but is now an echo
Of all the richness in the gift of life
Which lasts for but a while
I fell to contemplation of a future shared
The fear of which once made it seem unreal
But now by all its might and mystery
It shines as dawn on the horizon
Revealing as it comes relentlessly
A nature making fear a past illusion
For from it follows all the quiet of night