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Autumn
by Ron Dondiego

Sunday, November 09, 2003
Rated "G" by the Author.
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It's a mysterious season of mists!

Autumn presents itself
To my mind's eye -
In a colorful dance
Of infinite splendor

In a mysterious play
Of life and death

I tread softly a leafy path
And think to myself:
"In this perplexed world
People stand to the right
And part to the left -
Launching words of flame
At fleeting images and shadows
Mistaking dreams for reality"

But as I sit upon a stone
To contemplate this gray mist,
Trying to count the unaccountable
Leaves of fall, I get the uncanny
Feeling that life is often twisted
Down deep in its wicked roots -
Mired in the mud and blood
Of the innocence that is slain
Day in and day out -
Throughout time immemorial

Life is a brief affair,
Lasting no longer
Than a severed leaf

Unfolding in early spring
Budding to leaf in green fertility
Only to turn into the spectral
Shades of autumn - waiting
Waiting for the winds of fall
To sweep us up into the sky
There to wander until sleep
Comes upon us with its purple glow
As we placidly drift to rest
Upon the cold, wet moss
Of a silent stream's embankment

Are we not also like leaves
Sinking, sinking backward
Into the dark, wet soil
Of a mist enshrouded day?        


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Reviewed by c lea harris 5/26/2011
Autmn is one of my favorite seasons. I love the change of the colors, so sad to see them go, espeically when you know, snow is to follow. But, when we finally get done with that, then spring comes to life, summer, my next favorite, ahh, the beach and cookouts, then comes fall again. What a cycle we live!!
Reviewed by Joanna Leone 8/26/2008
I anxiously await Autumn. To me, it is a time when the paint brushes begin to drop their paint drops of red and gold on top of every leaf! I love your poem because it reminds me that we are exactly like autumn and the leaves. We are constantly changing each year, or in each season. Sometimes we do look bad at the bad memories and we "sink into the dark, wet soil." Ron-please remember, that no matter how dark and wet the soil may seem, or how many leaves fall to the ground, Spring will come again, and there will be new beginnings. Fabulous poem, and I just adore your poetry!!!
Reviewed by Amelie Shields 4/10/2008
Like this one alot!...very descriptive, among others things of course..
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 12/12/2003
Hi Ron,

I am glad to know that you are alive. My fav. line in this is,"In this perplexed world People stand to the right And part to the left -

Good stuff. I hope that you are well and happy.

JC xoxoxoxo
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 11/30/2003
I loved this!!! Autumn is so very brief here that its like the cold of ice cream on the tongue very fleeting but often very sweet.............You have captured the mood of the season well. SAndi
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 11/15/2003
Superb, Ron. You captured the essence of autumn.

Gina
Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione 11/9/2003
Impressive poem Ron, been a long time that you actually been active with the site. But to see this poem you came back in full force here.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/9/2003
Beautiful poetry Don

We have missed you here on AD!!

Welcome back my friend!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 11/9/2003
Beautiful image filled poetry, a true pleasure to read!
~Nikki~
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/9/2003
Enjoyed this very much.
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