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Once Upon an Autumn
Randy Cadenhead

Young boys pass down the sidewalk -
helmeted adventurers on scooters
racing into unknown lands
just three doors down where two
girls play with dolls and
puppies hide their faces like snakes
amid rows of monkey grass

In their worlds everything
is fresh and new and nothing
renders fear or doubt

The horizon is as far
as the end of this block
and the future is as
distant as tonightís dinner

It is a perfect October day
crisp without the harsh
heat of days gone by or the chill
tomorrow may bring

Just this timeless day exists with its
endless Indian Summer afternoon
and its rich reminders
of once upon my own childhood

© by Randy Cadenhead.
Used with the authorís permission.

Randy Cadenhead is the author of four books, the most recent being The Funny Thing About a Poem.† Although he teaches at Emory Law School, you are more likely to find him sailing somewhere in search of the perfect sunset. Randy lives in Decatur, Georgia; learn more about him at

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