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Autumn Sunflowers

Faded, forgotten, stooping in pain,
Scorched by the sunshine and soaked by the rain;
Dreary and dried-up, they droop in the field,
Winter the sole thing to which they will yield.
Old woman of summer, imagine again
Your soft amber petals, once stars of the glen.
Imagine, my dears, as you fade into sleep,
Bent o’er the spattering seeds that you weep.
Adieu you may bid but the wind has not won;
Come springtime your daughters will dance in the sun.