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Last Leaf Clinging

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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northern mountains, Idaho


0 posted 05-30-2000 04:31 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney




Last leaf clinging
gazing from dry yellow eyes at
the river below; swaying slowly on old

brittle bones; devouring one more hungry
glance before the snow. Releasing its
passionate clutch on the branch,

it sails in to the windís

buoyant face
and gently
tucks in
softly

to
the
laced rich
earthís embrace








[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 05-30-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Rosemary J. Gwaltney - All Rights Reserved
Sudhir Iyer
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1 posted 05-30-2000 04:54 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

WOW!!! what vivid imagery doth this poetess of repute have!!!Honour is all mine to have read this one...

...gazing from dry yellow eyes... releasing its passionate clutch...wind's buoyant embrace...gently tucks in to the rich earth

Wordsworth, are you listening?

True the earth stands richened further by the addition of grace by the yellow-eyed leaf.

I read this each word one at a time, and a couple at a time and three at a time and so on...now you might think I have become psychedelic...

Regards, sudhir

 Hey you, out there in the cold,
Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisle,
With itchy feet and fading smile, can you feel me?
Hey you, don't help them to bury the light.
Don't give in without a fight.
Hey you, out there on your own,
Sitting naked by the phone, would you touch me?
Hey you, with your ear against the wall,
Waiting for someone to call out, would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I'm coming home....

by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) - The Wall
Kit McCallum
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2 posted 05-30-2000 06:38 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful imagery Rosemary!  I often think I hear soft cries in the fall, as they gently say their last goodbyes.  Beautifully written!

Best wishes,
/Kit
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3 posted 05-30-2000 07:02 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Rosemary - Rosemary~
How utterly lovely !
Oh, my what clarity in the nature of
the abundant images in this scene.
Totally alive with the beauty that is you.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 05-30-2000 07:03 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rosemary,
This is the kind of writing that I know as Rosemary. The essence of your surroundings in words that sing to my heart. Simple and Exquisite
Liz
Nan
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5 posted 05-30-2000 07:38 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Very nice, Rosemary.. I like the line "devouring one more hungry glance"...  
SpitFire
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6 posted 05-30-2000 11:12 AM       View Profile for SpitFire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SpitFire

~Rosemary,...when I read your poetry my voice takes on a different tone. It's the way you write that draws me in...right into the piece, feeling every inch...every little word, image and message.  Gosh,..you are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing this. *Peace.
Poet deVine
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7 posted 05-30-2000 04:02 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ah...a lovely poem. You amaze me with your ability to take one small moment and make it into a perfect poem.  
David2
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8 posted 05-30-2000 04:05 PM       View Profile for David2   Email David2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for David2

Rosemary,
   This is a beautiful poem! You certainly packed quite a wallop into a few lines. Just wonderful.
                David2
Martie
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9 posted 05-30-2000 04:38 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Oh Rosemary, you make your vision so clear that I can see through your eyes, I think...and you see such lovely things!
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10 posted 05-30-2000 06:50 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Rosemary, this is very beautiful and thought-provoking. The last leaf clinging before the onslaught of winter's chill can apply to so many things in life....even our own actions. Excellent work here.
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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11 posted 05-31-2000 04:26 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Sudhir Iyer - your deeply honoring comments mean a great deal to me!  Thank you so much!

Kit McCallum - thank you for telling me you have felt the same poignancy that I have!

Marge - you are so dear, and I appreciate your appreciation!

Elizabeth - bless your heart for taking the time in your busy life to let me know your sweet thoughts about my poem.

Nan - itís an honor to see you popping in - I thank you much!  I like to find out which lines jump up and mean something to people.

SpitFire - that was really lovely to hear to say that your voice takes on a different tone, reading my poetry.  What a wonder that was to me.  Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Poet deVine - thank you for your comments too.  I really appreciate them.

David2 - and thank you as well, for your comments!  I truly appreciate them!

Martie - and thank you too, my friend.  This particular last leaf happened to touch my heart in a special way, because I saw it as Dale and I were sitting beside a mountain river, two autumns ago, on our second honeymoon, sitting quietly together, while the river crashed along, and both of us writing poetry.  It was such a magical time, and I was so very happy.  And then I happened to see this tree, with only one old brittle yellow leaf left, quivering in the breeze...

Balladeer - your visit, dear sir, is always appreciated.  Yes, I thought of it in several different aspects, but did not expect anyone else to see that.  I have been very, very surprised at the response here to my tiny poem.  And itís been wonderful!
~ ~ ~

brian madden
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12 posted 05-31-2000 04:42 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Last leaf clinging
gazing from dry yellow eyes at
the river below; swaying slowly on old
brittle bones; devouring one more hungry
glance before the snow. Releasing its
passionate clutch on the branch,

a beautiful image. absolutely beautiful...

to
the
laced rich
earthís embrace

wonderful. I am stunned to silence.


 ------------------------
"Here chewing your tail is joy"

Richey Edwards

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time".

Baltimore Grotto

"Will you accuse me as I hide Behind these layers of disguise And the mirrors of my own happiness.I've loved the freedom of being inside
Need a new start and a different time
Something grows in the space between me
And it's twisting and changing this fragile body" -Nicky Wire


Sunshine
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13 posted 05-31-2000 04:44 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

"...into the wind's buoyant face..."

You weave Magic, Rosemary!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cerenity
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14 posted 06-01-2000 08:43 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Rosemary,

Just simply beautiful, devouring every word.

Love,  Cerenity
angelsamongus
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15 posted 06-01-2000 09:18 AM       View Profile for angelsamongus   Email angelsamongus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit angelsamongus's Home Page   View IP for angelsamongus

Rosemary,
You are the poets poet. Such love and care in your chosen words. Beautiful..
~Lori~
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