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Poem: The County Active Fair 

And at county active fairs

Young girls buy ribbons

For their hair.

And old men boast of

Half-made truths

Of daring younger years.

It's the end of summer here

Amber, yellow, brown and green.

The plowman moves through

Rows of corn.

Shadows lengthen and recede.

Auburn hair of dashing ace

Flirtatious swing and

Great Grecian face.

Of the never-changing

Playful pair

At perennial county fairs.

Through the passages

Of aging space

Through the corridors of rhyme

Through the tremors of

Forgiving tears

Of carousel and

Ferris time.

And at county active fairs

Young girls buy ribbons

For their hair.

And old men boast of

Half-made truths

Of daring younger years.

—Norman Brahm

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