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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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.

Posted 3 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

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Richard🖌

3 Years Ago

Thank you most gratefully, Syr TS 🌿

I can conceive of nothing more graciously humb.. read more



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constructive criticism - Um I don't think so, This is amazing!
Your last stanza just stands out, love this write.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Month Ago

Another bite!? 🍎

Goodness-ME, Meg, how lucky can a bard get? Three reads and revie.. read more
I can only think of but one criticism of this. It was over too soon. Love, love, love it!

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Months Ago

A fine early morn to thee, Lady Lorena🌤️

Ya know? Nothing is more warmly gratify.. read more
Okay, third read of this Free Verse poem of yours..
At first read I was sure that the loved person had died...but today as I reread this I am thinking...Wait a minute, did this person leave you!!!
Either way I felt the awful pain.
Lisa

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lisasview

4 Months Ago

Wonderful to first read back my review and then right away read your response...
Connected,read more
Richard🖌

4 Months Ago

Nothing's more special than melding⁓*
Lisasview

4 Months Ago

For sure..
I paused, I read, and walked along in those leaves, felt the loneliness.
As always, Sir Richard,
I do enjoy your writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

L'Chaim, Dear Renée 🥂

Though's been awhile,
you've brought a smile
.. read more
my apology for emphasizing a minor aspect of your piece. I did read it several times, but see now that my response was not well directed to your main point. Out of respect I have removed my previous review. As you noted that you do not normally review stories, I withdraw my ask that you read mine. Take care - carl

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

Thank you most gratefully, Carl,

I appreciate your time spent on my page and wish you.. read more
(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) Oh my goodness. Please pass the tissues. You write with such vivid imagery your reader feels as though they are actually there. Beautifully done my friend! ~Sharon

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

And, Dear Sharon 🍂

How beautifully and graciously you've expressed your gentle emo.. read more
I just reread this as I am working on my Free Verse poem..
Empty bed
lone hair
such clear images...
Love it again..

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

1 Year Ago

Lisa,
As I love it again that you do. : )

Thanks for taking another bite! ⁓ .. read more
Lisasview

1 Year Ago

Always my pleasure..
Lisa
I like the symbolism you employ with changing seasons. But even as glorious death burned in autumn colors; even as those leaves grew brown and crumbled, they fertilized the roots and fed the tree and kept it warm through winter until the hope of new life in Spring. That single strand of hair though...
I enjoyed this.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

My sincere thanks, Fabian 🤜✫🤛

Seeing you'd read this one, I'd hoped you might.. read more
How can you write something where I feel connected to a LEAF?! This was amazing... We have more in common with them than we think... and we have more in common with inanimate objects than we can imagine..Living the same life ... every day... just in different form...lonely, cold, and repetitive, until we pass... Loved this one Richard.
Marina

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard🖌

2 Years Ago

Marina Dear 🍂

Though, I'm sure your latent skills are fully capable of writing in .. read more

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