A Solitary Wayward Leaf

A Solitary Wayward Leaf

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

A leaf in happy morning mood
kept active by a wilful gust
that saw it cartwheel quick, quick, slow.,
which knocked the winter rust off me.
My toes felt lifted, so inspired
I gathered pace and took a chance.
I chased it down a country lane
to join it in its crazy dance.

© 2020 Christine Anne Shaw


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i love this...the willingness to run with abandon in life...to take risks. the wind being a whim...
and i found it interesting that in reading the first few lines i not only envisioned, but hoped for the ending...that the speaker would be dancing with the leaf...
what great partners they make.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Jacob. Such fun to watch a scuttling leaf tumble down the lane. Even more fun joining in jts .. read more



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More than anything else about this wonderful poem, I like the image of a person dancing like a leaf - maybe even looking like a leaf!

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Paris H. Pleased you enjoyed the read and thankful for your visit. All good wishes.
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This is so wonderful. Deceptively simple it flows around with zephyr gusts of it own. In and out and around. But then it reads so much more. Of many layers is this remarkable write.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Ken for your very generous review. Pleased you enjoyed my poem. All good wishes.
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the imagery here is perfect. I can envision the character here dancing after a wayward and lofting leaf in the softly blowing wind only teasing to touch the ground before taking flight again. Just lovely.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Really appreciate you visiting my page. Thank you SM Davis. All good wishes.

Chris
I love the simplicity of this moment, Chris. The only two things in existence in the frame are the woman and the leaf, and everything else takes a back seat.

It reminds me of the single-mindedness of young children who are not consumed by the myriad of things that can take up space in the mind. It’s just the imagination and the object that’s caught its fancy.

It’s a lovely way to start the day. Makes me feel inspired to get outdoors and find my own leaf. Or, perhaps a bundle of narcissus I can watch dance. Have already seen flowers blooming everywhere here. It seems so early.

A lovely poem.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Eilis. Enjoyed your thoughts very much. Lucky you if you have flowers blooming everywhere... read more
Eilis

3 Months Ago

We have flooding here, too, as it’s been raining for months almost daily. I think the rain is part.. read more
Oh to watch it blow, not knowing where it will go.
To be so light, to be so carefree, aah the life of a leaf for me.
Your spirit lifted soon to sing, the promise of on coming Spring.
To join you in your dance, a time of love, a time of romance.

This was so very nice.
Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

A light hearted dance with a leaf Dave. Yes sets the spirit free. So pleased you enjoyed this little.. read more
Dave

3 Months Ago

I did and thank you. Have a wonderful day.
I know we've been having unusually warm weather, .. read more
Playful and carefree
I would like to run with you, away from turmoil and taxes

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Dave. I would be happy for your company. Remember I have monopoly money to help with your tax.. read more
Dave Brown

3 Months Ago

Well. considering my usual financial circumstances, I think I'd better take U up on that
UR2 .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Ha ha. If it's not monopoly money, then I have plenty of buttons. Sadly the real stuff I need myself.. read more
I can see the leaf twittering and fluttering about
reminds me of a video I saw of a plastic bag dancing in the wind
thanks for the thought provocation!

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks for your visit. I too once watched a plastic bag tattered and torn caught on a tree branch, s.. read more
ohhhhhhhhhh how cool Ms. Christine! how very cool and hippie of you ... lets dance indeed and chase the ends of rainbows (which i tried one sunny morn in Golden Gate Park) ;) many years ago ... i love your poem ... free spirits, wandering, adventuring and loving life ... this morning the wind is coming up from the south .. wet and warm .. Spring my dear! as one wayward leaf that clung so long finally casts itself to its wind ..
E.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

So you have spring? No sign of that here. Terrible flooding especially in South Wales and Yorkshire... read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Months Ago

yes .. i followed your troubles a bit ... it takes so terribly long to recover from flooding ... eve.. read more
Lovely - - lovely to be right there with you in that leaf-kicking dance - one of my favouritist things has to be kicking about in leaves - - thanks for the memory Chris my friend.

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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Many thanks Fay from a fellow leaf kicker. I appreciate your thoughts and your visit. So pleased you.. read more
dearest Chris... a lovely poem... as we are in the
midst of Winter... as leaves lay dormant to nourish the earth
and give new birth to Spring growth. I can just imagine one
solitary wayward Leaf... coaxing me to take a chance and
follow it down a country Lane. We have in our town... one
Cherry tree with pink blossoms in full bloom. We are still waiting
for our first real Snow that will at least cover the branches of
trees and roof tops. Your poem has me on my Toes like a
Prima Ballerina. truly, Pat. p.s. we live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

You have given me some beautiful thoughts this morning Pat. Pink cherry blossom and snow. I have thi.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Please forgive my typos. My phone screen is so small
Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

Hi Chris... our 'smart' phones cause most of our typos
so I understand... most of us realize.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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