Thursday, October 7, 2010


AN ODE TO AUTUMN LEAVES
By KATHI HARRIS

Blazing, brilliant, autumn leaves
How I love your warm bright, colors
Shades of yellow, orange, red
Speckled green, brown, almost black
Fall like rain from branches lighter
Leave their clothes of leaves below
Trees get ready for winter sleep

Now trees, whisper, tell us
Did you miss them?
As they fell to ground below
Did you wish them bon voyage?
As they fell from off your branches?
Did you kiss them each one slowly?
Lovingly bid them a safe journey?

Autumn leaves, always leaving
Every year it is the same thing
I will miss you, miss your glory
Miss your colors, miss your story

Ah, but soon will come the winter
Freezing, white, uncaring, winter
Come to spend some time here with us
Making me forget my autumn

I will once again turn inward
Draw upon my patient nature
Grin and bear the sting of winter
Look to warm and happy spring
Ease into the heat of summer
Until once again
My autumn colors will return
Making me rejoice and shout
Welcome autumn!
You're back!
I missed you!

- copyrighted by Kathi Harris

- sponsored by Willow at http://www.magpietales.blogspot.com/

30 Comments:

At October 7, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Stafford Ray said...

A love poem to autumn where there is a winter to follow and a spring of happiness to follow. I so miss the seasons. Here in Queensland, even in the coldest week of the coldest month, there will be a jeans and T shirt day.

 
At October 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Diane T said...

You have realy characterized autumn beautifully! Wonderfully expressed.

 
At October 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

beautiful and energetic writing! keep up the good work!

 
At October 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM , Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

what a beautiful way to embrace autumn!!

great Magpie :)

 
At October 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM , Blogger kathew said...

Bon voyage to the falling leaves- a lovely poem-so positive!

 
At October 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM , Anonymous alex said...

exactly what ive been waiting for autumn which is my favorite season :)
great poem

 
At October 7, 2010 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Reflections said...

Just a moment taken to bid the glorious friend farewell, but only for a season or three, for there again will be... autumn in it's glorious expression, once again.

Very nice magpie.

 
At October 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous Ana said...

Loved the line of questioning in the second stanza. I love autumn!

 
At October 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM , Blogger joanny said...

Autumn like no other season holds such strong powerful emotions it is bountiful, colorful, luscious, and reflective, calling us to prepare for the winter deeps sleep, you captured it beautifully in your well crafted tribute to autumn poem.

Lovely write,

Joanny

 
At October 7, 2010 at 11:32 PM , Blogger Deborah said...

Oh this is just wonderful!!

 
At October 8, 2010 at 4:17 AM , Blogger Alakaline said...

I loved these lines, especially-
"I will miss you, miss your glory
Miss your colors, miss your story"

 
At October 8, 2010 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I am a lover of all things Autumn as well.
What a beautiful welcome

 
At October 8, 2010 at 6:44 AM , Anonymous Strummed Words said...

I love your second stanza, asking the tree if it missed the leaves as they fell. A new perspective!

Hope you will visit Strummed Words

 
At October 8, 2010 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Abhilasha-The Desire said...

A fabulous poem... and what a farewell and a welcome to autumun..I would be happy to say a bye to winters again ... smiles

 
At October 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Helen said...

Autumn is my favorite season ... you have done it justice - beautifully.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Blogger kathi harris said...

Thanks 4 all ur wonderful comments guys. It is obvious that I am not alone in my luv of autumn.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Friko said...

Autumn is the best time, I love all the drama of it.
So, before you think of the seasons to come, keep it close for a little while.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous Strummed Words said...

Love the colors and the vivacity in your poem.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Carrie Burtt said...

This is lovely....Autumn so much beauty and delight!
:-)

 
At October 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Sezaaay said...

Autumn is such a beautiful season. And also is this piece of writing. Brilliant! (:

 
At October 9, 2010 at 2:07 AM , Blogger Ian said...

excellent

 
At October 9, 2010 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Dave King said...

My favourite time of the year. You do it justice.

 
At October 9, 2010 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Myrna R. said...

I will miss autumn. It's my favorite season. You catured the cycles of the seasons, like the cycles of our days on earth. Lovely.

 
At October 9, 2010 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Brian Miller said...

oh i missed her too...love her brilliant dresses...smiles. nice magpie!

 
At October 10, 2010 at 6:24 AM , Blogger Fireblossom said...

Hmm, who knew those trees had such rich interior lives? :-)

 
At October 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I've missed it too, the flamboyant smelly tasty thing!

 
At October 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful welcoming hug for the season!

 
At October 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM , Blogger rel said...

I too love autumn the best; invigorating to both the body and the mind. If only we were privy to the stories those leaves could tell. :)

 
At October 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM , OpenID writersisland said...

Invite you to try the prompts at Writer's Island...

 
At October 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous JH said...

Aaahhh! so beautiful.
You've put a smile on my face, and a spring (or should I say fall) in my step.
Before they all go, enjoy the leaves for me.
Will Jill and Bliss return next week?
All the best, JH

 

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