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Taking down the sukkah.

Ye shall dwell in booths seven days ... that your generations may know I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.

--Leviticus 23: 42-43
 Festooned with spoilage,
 pungent as an orchard's rut
days after the picking's done,

our sukkah's coming down.
 Fruits of the season,
softer now in fragrant decay:

 bunched beets, peppers,
 eggplants, carrots, grapes.
We've stripped away the nets

of shriveled chinaberry vines,
 sweet autumn clematis,
 eased out every stem

 we wove into the lattice
among cornstalks and bamboo
 seven days ago. Fir boughs,

asters, papery blue hydrangeas
 strewn on the lawn,
their beauty almost gone.

 Cold October afternoon--
wind lifting my hair, sun in shafts
 rifling through the litter.
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Author:Bolz, Jody
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Date:Sep 1, 2012
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