Autumn Worries

Autumn Worries

When the last leaf falls
and streets go gray

When days cut their hours
and dark shades each end

When temperatures drop low
when furnaces blow strong

What will the widow do?

With caution she walks
to the curb for her mail

But when ice coats her way
when her food supply drops

when snow piles high
to block her escape

When strong winds blow
and she lives all alone

What will the widow do?

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by Lori Lipsky