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  Umbrella Journeys
by Odin Roark
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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As memories of my favorite season visits me, I couldn’t help but wonder if Gliese 581 G (c’mon, scientists, you can do better than that for a name) when and if it ever realizes an exploration, might display a different sense of Nature? Of all the ways we could list our own planet’s failures, certainly everyone is in agreement with the seasons ability to thrive and survive—a testimony to Nature’s ability to “keep it together” What a cycle of wonderment. Then, of course, there's man's own seasonal moods.

Umbrella Journeys

What's left of life's dandelion smiles?

Keen eyes capture

lift-off by gusty winds

dispatching goodbyes

these flights of fall's miniscule celebrations

some see as subtle remembrances

To fields and grasses

these umbrella journeys

fold into Nature's carpet nap

dry and littered with




secure big brother and sisters

finding rest from summer's dense shrouded past

Veins now brittle still shout their greetings

rainbow curlings

costumed stem to tip

they scurry left and right 

knowing their palette's final hurrah

is but a preamble to more trumpeted arrivals

Vigilance awaits these floating waifs

of a child's gleeful exhalation sending aloft

wispy orphans of sunshine

changelings of chance

ever trusting the bounty of unconditional love


So goes the innocence of Nature's anticipation 

while resisting-man regrets summer's past

as if passion needs no rest

Beleaguered and spent

by vacations ended

tears hold at season's doorstep

Back-to-school children poise sad

but still hopeful

Parents plunge into lapsed time at work

resigned to endings as destiny

While singles set up shop

for prowling new security

caving to the highrise fortification

power that insists the forgetting of yesterday's

warm sands

fragrant pines

diamond clear waters


Rushing we go

Begging sunlit emotions stay alive

even as life's gray pallor

enfolds those who resist the cycle's change


Imprisons joyful weeping

made dry as summer's carefree moisture and memories

vanish amidst digits and keyboards

screens and orders


We roam

from summer's sun and clouds

to rail and street

sidewalk and stairwells

seeing ourselves as ghosts

of Nature's tease-o-rama season

Non coping some

hide from coming paths

barely tolerating Time's cool repose

as tasteless sinews of crystal dust


Upon tongues made interim dormant

fall will pass in stride for those

whose glass remains half full

For just as winter's respite

nurtures new life into earth's slumber

so too can man's frozen tears

become new tributaries of hope

cascading down faces made bright

by the child in us all

Umbrella journeys

Life's ever

of forever


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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader)
Okay, so where are your paintings I'm sure you must have done that splash these gems down in daubs and swaths of swirling beauty and emotion? Language this intricate and gorgeous affects me in the way of the Beautiful Mind of a Painter who creates experiences that make you stand still for a very long time. ~~ Diana
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