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Explaining to a Leaf (softly sad)

Explaining to a Leaf (softly sad)

A Poem by Richard 🍃
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Explaining to a Leaf

~ loneliness ~


Winds stalk me,

leaves tremble at my approach …

they are frightened

of the cold that follows.

In hushed, rustling whispers,

as I pass, they ask,

“Why is it you are not afraid?”


Un-answering, my feet march on,

trodding on their fallen brethren,

lovers, sisters, and friends ...

why bother with answers.


Would they understand?


How do you explain to a shivering leaf

that the cold can’t be as bad

as waking up tomorrow,

finding it’s become

as lonely today as every day

is going to be,


what it’s like

finding the same empty bed,

with the same lone hair

stretched out across your pillow;

a single-stranded ghost,

the constant reminder

that all too often,


hearts,

like seasons …

share a kinship of change?

© 2019 Richard 🍃


Author's Note

Richard 🍃
Picture. Compliments of Google images.

Please, feel free to offer constructive criticism and/or well-meant comments. : )

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This poems seems so alive to me, I can almost feel those leaves beneath my feet... and hear those hushed whispers. From this point on, I will always "hear" those whispers as I walk... I love the comparision with family, just like a "family tree." Though, the sadness that comes across really does hit me hard. The image portrayed is crushing. Not so softly sad. Clearly achieved your intention with this poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

9 Months Ago

Dear Susan,
Your heartfelt words recognize and seem to actually feel the essence of this poig.. read more



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What a stirring portrait of loneliness. I feel like this is one of the hallmarks of the human condition and that even those of us surrounded by others can experience the same sense. You've painted it with spirit here. There's a stoicism that makes the voice feel like it's resolved, in a way. Or perhaps it's a jadedness. Even when asked, the speaker does not want to share that great space within himself.

I enjoy the way you focus on the leaf/leaves and move out from there to show how much meaning can be imparted to the inanimate things. As poets, I feel like it is often the inanimate things that capture or imagination in novel ways. I am constantly inspired by the unmoving bodies of nature.

This is a lovely, plaintive poem, Richard.

Posted 2 Days Ago


Dear Richard
I love your metaphors; and your use of words to describe loneliness. The poem just flows so well.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

2 Weeks Ago

Ah, M'Lady!
That you love anything about me and how it flows … my poetry, is most delightfu.. read more
Loneliness is so very difficult to endure, as by it's very nature it precludes the joy of interaction; and how sad it is, that we can feel lonely and isolated in a room crowded with people.

At least the little leaf has the comfort of rebirth.

T

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

2 Weeks Ago

So,
You, too, know loneliness very well, eh(?) … how it can sweep us into reclusion.
.. read more
touching piece,even nature is alive with feelings

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

2 Months Ago

I like the easy way you put things. : )
 wordman

2 Months Ago

we paint portraits with our words and thoughts,
Richard 🍃

2 Months Ago

So very true.
Wow! so very powerful as well as the imagery. I can feel the power of a simple little leaf. intrigued by your words, nicely written

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Hi, silent k,
How encouraging it is to receive two reviews in a row from you.
Your wor.. read more
It's funny how the seasons roll and symbolize moments in life. I have always loved autumn because it has the breath of both a beginning and end, life and death; but most of all, it is a passage of promise. The leaf is life on a limb. It buds and unfurls, thrives, applauds with wind, curls unto itself, and falls to the earth. It can be lifted to sail on the wind or it can be weighted with rain and pressed to the earth like a deep, wet kiss. I was attending a grave-side funeral in autumn, on the cusp of winter. It was a gray, cold day, with a soft drizzle; and I noticed that all of the leaves had fallen from the trees, all except for one. As I stood there in silence, that lone leaf fell and brushed against my arm as it fell to the ground. It was like the soft touch of the one there laying, a final breath of good-bye.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Welcome back, Linda Marie,
'Twould seem You and I share the same rapport with leaves and seas.. read more
Linda Marie Van Tassell

3 Months Ago

You're very welcome. Your words are always beautiful to behold.
Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Aw,
As are yours.
Something drew me to this poem when I saw the title. I'm very glad I read it. This right here is art. It does have a softness to it, which I love because it emulates the fragility of a shivering leaf. However, the message here on loneliness and loss is very profound. Your words moved me.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Hi, Tory 🍂
I am so very glad you read this rather poignant little piece, too.
And, .. read more
I felt each and every emotion that the poem portrayed .it's so touching . And felt as if it was speaking my heart.

"Why bother with answers
Would they understand?"
This just touched my heart.How do you explain to a shivering leaf.... lonely as today everyday is going to be.
I just teared up there.
You really have way with words.
It's so beautiful.


Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Hello, Heith 🌿
A most warming welcome to my pages, with a bright and happy welcome to The .. read more
This poem just made me sad. But a beautiful kind of sad. The one that comes with understanding and recognition that we might not be alone in our loneliness. You put into words what many of us feel in a way almost magical. Thank you for your art.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

4 Months Ago

Hi, Kaede 🌿
Welcome to my pages and to the Café … here's hoping you'll enjoy it here, m.. read more
I was walking and talking to the leaves as i read your words.... mmmm lonliness captured and potrayed...
Could feel the ache of lonliness in your words ..



Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

4 Months Ago

Hey, Ardra! : )
It is so nice to see you today … I am very happy you've chosen this rather .. read more

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