Fast Forward Season

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I’m sitting on a patio in a backyard of a suburban neighborhood in Knoxville.  Beyond the line of trees and low bushes that block this yard from the next I can hear a basketball bouncing and occasional voices of children.  The air is cool but comfortable against my skin.  Yesterday walking along the Tennessee River the sun was summer hot.  The roses in the front of the house are dimming in the light and the white fence that encloses the patio gleams in the dusk.  It’s past 8:30 and just now getting dark.  Traveling south and west this time of year is delightful, bringing me further into the warming and day-lengthening season.  I’m relishing this fast forward season.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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