Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 2014 Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge: Day 25


Fall’s drawing to a close…bewildered trees
Tread softly on the mantle that has slipped
Off their hunched shoulders. Beggars-mem’ries tease
And taunt the yester emperors now stripped
Of glorious crowns and all they used to own–
Or thought they did–when summer would enthrone
And serve with teenage passion of July
Their perfect bodies and exuberant youth
But summer’s gone. Impressed upon the sky
The trees stand raw and naked like the truth.
I wish they knew how beautiful they are
In their November majesty by far
Exceeding the presumptuous royal green
Back in the day they flaunted, wish they saw
Through summer, saw July for what it’s been–
A kid, no more–I wish they knew. In awe
I read their bark, the weathered wisdom of
The aging trees who’ve learned to live and love.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")

prompted by Poetic Asides


  1. love 'bewildered trees'! really LOVE the whole thing...'perfect bodies, exuberant, impressed upon the sky'... leading to a contented finish! yes.