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“As Winter Arrives” (Winter Contest Honorable Mention)

by Nik Shultz

I’ve never loved autumn like I did this year

Turning over the leaves with gentle kicks

Harvesting the fruit of years

While fresh growth keeps going

Even as it grows cold

And I remember things I have forgotten

And search for my heavy coat

And feel my skin grow dry

As the sky grows dark

And the work piles up

And my hope still holds

Nik Shultz is one of the previous editors of The River and a senior Creative Writing BFA student at UMF. They have been published in the Ripple zine, and the UMF Honors Journal, and have a piece which will be in the upcoming Sandy River Review issue. They are also Vice President of the UMF Writers’ Guild.



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