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A Hint of Fall, with addendum

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Sunshine
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0 posted 09-17-2004 01:45 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


A Hint of Fall

The cool snuck up in behind
a passing front,
having gone through
earlier morn, thundering
its intent, noisily
spitting rain then torrents
come waves, but now,
gently, the day having
passed by as well, coolness
brushing warm cheeks in
promise, having lacked
scorching burn,
the scent of petunias peak
memories, junipers
fragrance the dog’s walk,
a feel of coming crunching
leaves to beware crickets
and still, I wait for summer
peaches to evolve, to taste
sun’s kiss once more
before the
first of fall

and there, in scorched
Bermuda grass it stood, looking for
all in its time a piece of
thin iron,
I plucked it up, to
find last year’s remnant
of a leaf, lace tattered, not yet
a skeleton for it had withered
and dried, mummified itself
on it’s own carcass of stem,
iron brown but retaining shape

if, if I were to put forefinger to
thumb with the desiccated remains
between to feel the pressure of
warm and blood and skin, it would
surely crumble and yet…yet

it withstood sun, wind, rain
and temperatures for its own season
then one more, still intact, still
…around… and I am caught up
in its labyrinth of time, this ageless
moment of capture that, if simply
placed in a spot of memory, it would
continue in its form of weathered
beauty, an aide memoire as even the
most fragile of God’s gifts have
value, that a greater Hand allowed
me to pick this leaf up for a reason, to
perhaps gild its edges in gold, a cue
to my soul that I attempt to age as
gracefully as this leaf…

the first of my Fall is coming
I shall not wait for it but
run to it, blessing
its welcome in
my spring’s
memory

~*~

I kept that leaf, tinged its edges
with a bit of gold, and encased it
in a small glass box...so that I can
see it, holding its own, through all
seasons...

Perhaps, over time, it will disintegrate
even more...but it has held steady, for a
couple of years now.  I keep it to remind me
of this poem, and of the poets I hold so
dear...and the reasons why grace requires
lace...




[This message has been edited by Sunshine (09-17-2004 07:00 PM).]

© Copyright 2004 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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the first of my Fall is coming
I shall not wait for it but
run to it, blessing
its welcome in
my spring’s
memory

amazing, just amazing...you and the leaf and how you so describe every single speck of miracle dripping from your fingers...Sunshine
you are a wonder...magnificent writing here, and one of my favorites of yours...though all are through you, by a master's hand.

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2 posted 09-17-2004 02:14 PM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

I forgot, could you possible take a pic of that leaf and post it?  would love to see it and betcha so would everyone else?  
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3 posted 09-17-2004 02:21 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine
Your sensitivity has reach a peak
And your beaker is filled to the beak
Excellent.
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4 posted 09-17-2004 02:43 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

"the first of my Fall is coming
I shall not wait for it but
run to it, blessing
its welcome in
my spring’s
memory"

Where's the hanky alert?
It's one of those melancholy pre autumn days..
Lovely this...lovely you.
Hugs~Hip-Sis

~Autumn..the year's last, loveliest smile.~

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Karilea

I think our thoughts were similar in poetry today...I wish I had found a leaf like that, but you brought it to me so clearly with this poem, that I didn't need to.  Thank you!  
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6 posted 09-17-2004 03:46 PM       View Profile for jellybeans   Email jellybeans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jellybeans

beautiful, beautiful....one of the most soothing fall poems I have read, fall...to me is sad...and now will be forever even more so....but you brought out the beauty in it
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7 posted 09-17-2004 03:48 PM       View Profile for NewEnglandlazurlu   Email NewEnglandlazurlu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NewEnglandlazurlu

WOW! Karilea, I hardly know what to say. This is just unbelievable and I shall save it and read it all winter as I wait for spring.

Hugs and smiles, Marti

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
                    -Elayne Boosler-

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P.S. Ooops, I forgot to save it here; although I have printed it out and put it in my book of 'special' poems.
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In so many poems you write, your connection to the passing of time in nature and to cross-generational links is unmatched.  Well done.  Ken

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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Karilea

I've returned to see the leaf...it is beautiful, but you know what?  Your poem is more so...really!  
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11 posted 09-17-2004 09:48 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

the first of my Fall is coming
I shall not wait for it but
run to it, blessing
its welcome in
my spring’s
memory


such acceptance with grace. thanks for sharing!
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12 posted 09-19-2004 08:50 AM       View Profile for ice   Email ice   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ice

Karilea
I have read this several times, and enjoyed it each...now it is time to bump it back up..

What I see here is both physical and metaphysical....the capturing of time passed, by saving its produced structure in a box..
Yet you know that it will crumble someday...It is like an emotional memory...that does not crumble but is put away in a corner of the brain to resurface, sometimes at the most unusual times, yet it always remains...Remember physical things (matter) can be changed or altered but cannot ever be completly destroyed, just like a memory, be it bad or good...

These are the thoughts that reading this poem gave me...

enjoyed
----------ice/ford
   ><>

Come read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling
And banish the thoughts of day.
Longfellow

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13 posted 09-19-2004 11:03 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Fantastic write, dear Karilea.

And so deeply resonating ....

Thank you for posting the picture, you really have established a very particular connection to that leaf.

Love, Margherita
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14 posted 09-19-2004 11:24 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Exquisitely done, Karilea!  
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And best of all...
that it is seen as the beauty that it is.
So much meaning to behold in your write Sunshine.
TD
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16 posted 09-20-2004 06:56 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

Now that you've downloaded the picture, and by the way, thank you so very much for doing so...want to bump this back up so everyone gets a look at this amazing leaf, is it any wonder it inspired such tremendous words...thanks a bunch dear lady, for sharing.
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This is an absolutely amazing poem...fall is indeed my favorite season and you've portrayed its beauty to a tee here. I think from time to time we are all those leaves that must withstand the passing of time, oh to hold up so gracefully
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18 posted 09-20-2004 09:18 AM       View Profile for Daniel Storm   Email Daniel Storm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Daniel Storm

This gives hope and renewal and the picture tops it off magnificently.  Nice poem all the way through.
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19 posted 09-20-2004 11:21 AM       View Profile for vandana   Email vandana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for vandana

very nice
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I am so unbelievably moved by your words, that I can barely key a reply! Karilea, YOU are poetry!

Your saving of that leaf and giving it a home in a glass box, speaks volumes of what a truly gentle and sensitive soul you have.

Love & Sunlight,
Linda
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21 posted 08-07-2006 09:43 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Sissie....I needed to see this specail poem again today...thank you!  
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22 posted 10-27-2007 05:46 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

ah, the freshness and lovelyness of fall

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