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Did you know that famed poet Emily Dickinson is related to Arthur Dickinson Norcross, founder of the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary? Emily was a first cousin to Mr. Norcross’ father. Her poetry can be dark, yet thought provoking. Here is a poem to ponder that describes, quite precisely, the season nestled in between summer and winter.

Besides the Autumn poets sing by Emily Dickinson

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Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze –

A few incisive Mornings –
A few Ascetic Eves –
Gone – Mr. Bryant’s “Golden Rod” –
And Mr. Thomson’s “sheaves.”

Still, is the bustle in the Brook –
Sealed are the spicy valves –
Mesmeric fingers softly touch
The Eyes of many Elves –

Perhaps a squirrel may remain –
My sentiments to share –
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind –
Thy windy will to bear!

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