Poetry For Our Time

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. -Novalis

I have found out what you are like

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I have found out what you are like
        
autumn

Whose tickling fingers play quietly
overnight leaving just enough sign
to signal an arrival
with cold breath breathing
lifting the pressure, pushing hot summer away.
Then you come, come closer
trumpeting your assumption in violent reds and yellows,
fire and brimstone and crisp air,
the sun punching every branch, every leaf
which, in turn, radiates light from the inside,
making the world at once brilliant
              (we shade our eyes with our hands to take it all in)
and terrifying
              (no one likes change)
and just when we feel the world cannot be any more on fire

you leave just as quietly as you came,
                              as quietly as the last, 
              lonely
                                              leaf
coming to rest on the ground.

*The first line is courtesy of e e cummings.

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Written by Ashley

February 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Posted in Poem

4 Responses

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  1. wow I’m not really sure what “you” is but its very intense Samsa, I like it!

    gorditodelgado

    February 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm

  2. The language is really lovely…”trumpeting your assumption” is just wonderful in the mouth. I’m struggling a little with the extension of the metaphor, but am willing to forgive all for the language. Nice.

    cd40

    February 4, 2009 at 2:00 am

  3. well done as usual, Samsa.

    :]

    saraj2300

    February 4, 2009 at 5:48 am

  4. Yea, I didn’t really know what to do with that metaphor. I wanted to stop it after the radiating light from the inside line, but it didn’t quite feel finished…

    crazyenglishteacher

    February 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm


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