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The First Fall Frost This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

Anearly frost for winter, which is late for Fall
Crystallizes blades ofgrass,
to crunching freezer burn.
Tender plant stems witness
an almostdarker, cooler wind
that Winter touches earth.
A frost wasn't expected,and some of these were uncovered,
but our tickled, water-spritzed feet justspoon through the Fall icing.
Did any ample green survive,
the chilly lasthalf
Of the night?
Those - with their skin unbitten - have morning'sdew
Normal, clingy, warm, stickiness
Revitalize them at dawn.

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