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 🍃


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Richard 🍃
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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 1 Year Ago


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Richard 🍃

1 Year Ago

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



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The Autumn of love... with colors that warm our soul when we fold our summer dreams into billows of butterflies on wing and our heart sings
of being a part of earth and nurturing new birth after snows and mistletoe... the buds sleep on branches where birds will nest come Spring. tenderly, Pat

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Richard 🍃

4 Days Ago

Thank you, ever-so warmly, Dear Pat 🍁

Your review, a lovely poem in itself, reflec.. read more
Constructive criticism!? How could I possibly dare? This is a masterpiece. In my first read through this piece I was amazed at every turn. You strike me as a man that wouldn't appreciate pure fawning praise but I cannot come up with anything but praise. A master stroke of a true artist.

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Richard 🍃

4 Days Ago

Thank you most gratefully, Syr TS 🌿

I can conceive of nothing more graciously humb.. read more
Hearts like seasons indeed share a kinship of change. Lovely write.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Richard 🍃

3 Weeks Ago

Good afternoon, Dear Ankita 🌻

It is wonderful to receive your nice compliment and .. read more
I like your play on words and how I can feel and imagine the loneliness one must feel with constant change but nothing can be done but accept the reality that change is part of life. Thank you for sharing your words.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Goodness-ME 🥀

What a pleasure to write for another who possesses the kind of depth.. read more
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Rye
How do you explain to a shivering leaf
that the cold can’t be as bad

Tell it to not be cold... lol
it is just gut instincts i guess. leafs hold so much symbolism

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

How beautifully put, Dear Rye 🍂

You've blessed this deeply sad Free Verse with you.. read more
Winds stalk me
leaves tremble at my approach …
they are frightened
of the cold that follows.

Winds that stalk, wow vivid imagery as the leaves trembles, very vivid scenery,
as they are scared kind of like one's shadows. Awesome wording.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

What a joy, Kym

It is to receive your deeper understandings of this rather forlorn ve.. read more
Your last two stanza's say it all, Awesome write, I can feel the loneliness.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Lady Kay-T 🍁

Your warmth and compassion truly touch an olde bard's hear.. read more
Holy guacamole! I believe this is the first time I've ever read free verse from you, Richard, & this changes my understanding of your writing vastness. This poem has the most depth of any of yours I've read & is expressed in a way that's so very present & palpable, I think I may try to search out ONLY free verse from you in the future *wink! wink!* The premise of talking to a leaf & comparing lives, this is a powerful point & you make it with a ton of urgency conveyed (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

5 Months Ago

Good morning, Margie 🌿

There is always something interesting in your reviews of my.. read more
And so many people are as effective at comforting, at befriending, at communicating---as a crumbling leaf. The sadness of our society.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Dear Wanda 🍂

It is a nice surprise to receive your insightful words in .. read more
Wanda Vergara-Yates

6 Months Ago

I'm humbled.
Very poetic write with great use of imagery, so sad to wake up alone in this world especially if we have been used to sharing our nights with another. Interesting and sad poem

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard 🍃

7 Months Ago

Aw, Katrina,

What a sweet and lovely review to my humble little verse of soft sadness.. read more

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