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Written August in Holland Park, London on by daughter's 2nd birthday, shortly before my 51st.

Not Yet

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse18 Aug 2014

The horse chestnuts
Are betrayed
By browning leaves.

Fungus ages them
Prematurely, faster
Than the neighbouring
Oaks and sycamores.

In that fact of disease
I find something
Akin to comfort.

Not autumn.
Not yet.