Monday, November 13, 2006

Autumn's Last Leaf

I wrote this for all of those moments that we get lost in life, feel like all we do is blend in and all we really want, is to be uniquely individual.

The wind forces
unwanted movement
pushing one branch
against another.
And the place
where I am sustained,
the place that holds
all my strength,
finally releases
and I am falling.
For one brief moment,
I am free.
Absolved of expectations,
relieved of duties,
my stationary existence
banished and exhausted,
I descend with grace.
Now, the earth
is my anchor
and I rest atop
my previous companions,
that have transformed
and voice, no longer.
The warmth of the sun
is peaceful on my face,
and my edges dry
and start to curl.
I dream
I am discarded,
once again
to resemble
all the others.
but, in this moment,
I lay among the flowers
and my beauty
is unforgettable.


Anonymous angela marie said...

Oh Darlene!!! This one made me cry.

I do not think I can ever witness any more leaves falling without thinking of all your beautiful words.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen to that...


1:55 AM  
Blogger Shaz said...

The Beauty in your words is neverending.........

2:34 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

You have the wisest leaves...they know just what lessons I need to hear on any given day. Your words are wonderful...I appreciate them.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...always unforgettable! this one is a beauty darlene.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That's a beautiful poem and the photo to go with it is absolutely perfect. You are amazingly talented m'dear.

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with delia...coming here feels like having morning coffee with my wisest friend...

oh wait, it is!


love you.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

THIS is incredibly romantic D!!!!


7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For one brief moment,
I am free."

I love this...I just love it.

Does writing words as beautiful as these leave you feeling as peaceful as they make me feel when I read them?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Thanks for the gorgeous picture and the awesome words. Fall always reminds me of the Nicole Nordeman song, Every Season, where she talks about how God works in our lives as the seasons pass, whether we look fresh and green and new, or brown and discarded, or covered with frozen snow. It helps me remember that (even here in New England) spring always comes :)

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh the beauty of your words!!

11:33 AM  
Blogger gerry rosser said...

A wonderful poem, and a leaf picture even Niggle would be proud of!

Thanks for sharing both.

12:06 PM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

"in this moment,
I lay among the flowers
and my beauty
is unforgettable"

May you have many, many of these moments, Darlene...

Now, I think I'll just go back and read it over a few more times to really savour your wisdom


12:31 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Stunning photo...beautiful and wise poem. Another moment to stop and think. Thank you.


12:48 PM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Beautiful poem and gorgeous photo to match.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know it to be so sweets.
Exactly what I needed as I am feeling crap today.
Thanks babes.

2:07 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

A lovely sentiment! Thanks for sharing!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Teresa Sheeley said...

You are quite amazing. This made me feel good!

Incredibly talented you are!

xxx :0)


3:07 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...


i hear you.

love you, sis.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I descend with grace. Now, the earth is my anchor... Mmmm, Darlene, I felt so much emotion, thought and provocation in this poem. It is wonderful to see your words like this, words that encompass the freedom of change and of movement. Absolutely lovely, just like you. big hugs with laughter & tears ... your friend, JP

5:31 PM  
Blogger Jenny Rough said...

Cool picture and beautiful poem.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Lucky Candice said...



7:34 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love it, I'm going back to read it again. My husband and I just love the fall season, and he is a musician, that puts poetry to song, so I'm off to show this to him!
( I will send you an email soon!)

8:11 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh, and I love the new profile photo! How freeing!

8:13 PM  

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