A Poem by Leslie Philibert

for Carl Sharpe


Autumn is a frozen church
We wait at heavy doors
That smell of rust,

Not a moon cold enough
To be called heartless
Or breathclouds of old steam

More an estuary of
Dumped mist afraid to ice;
The taste of wax on your lips;

A frame of hair round a
Hatted face, our steps as slow
As if we must tread water,

You are ice and rain and
The first crystals and even
More than this, beside me.

© 2014 Leslie Philibert

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This season of our life, like the autumnal season itself, is really beautiful. We are able to remember with fondness, live with gratitude, and look forward to the promises. A bit of self-reflection lends beauty to an otherwise harsh and cruel winter. This is lovely.

Posted 1 Year Ago

An absolutely lovable and excellently written piece of poetry about at my favorite season. I love your choice of words and the scheme, it reads perfect.

Posted 2 Years Ago

'More an estuary of
Dumped mist afraid to ice'

From the images ... a flow - in feeling and in nature - captured at perhaps at a point of transition...
or frozen in time....but 'even more than this'

Beautifully written.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Oh wow. The words are carefully chosen, there's no waste at all. I so love it's reference to autumn (my favorite season) and its effortless way of flashing images in my mind. Such a gorgeous picture.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Great poetic quality..I like the descriptiveness of the work..Desiring the cool days of Autumn in this heat of summer..Sara

Posted 2 Years Ago

wondering who Carl Sharpe is?? such a unique take on Autumn and a Church ... holding on to the faintest vestiges of .. a reason to keep the doors open ... one wishes sometimes that riding a fence would get too uncomfortable ...lets rage hot or cold .. make up your mind kind of thing .. Churches can be the ruin of many a young man (and woman) ... your closing verse makes it very personal and i am pondering ... your use of metaphors and personifications are inspiring .. and such a twist on the dark side of things ..
"Not a moon cold enough
To be called heartless"
is really impressed upon my mind ...

Posted 3 Years Ago

Autumn is a frozen church,what an interesting expression.
very well crafted.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Is this the same Carl Sharpe as on Verse Writes? His work is very similar but perhaps a little less precise than yours Leslie. As always, sublime in its well crafted, well described photographic metaphors.

Posted 3 Years Ago

beautiful depiction of autumn

Posted 3 Years Ago

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Added on September 28, 2014
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Leslie Philibert
Leslie Philibert

Bavaria, Germany

I`m not important. I just want to write a couple of good poems. Just read what I write. That`s enough. more..


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