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Scorched Earth  Burned Leaves

Scorched Earth Burned Leaves

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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Written at the beginning of August, but not posted

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a profusion of leaf fall
drifts to litter scorched earth
while straw grass thirsts

trees in our valley
are fooled by prolonged
summer heat

their foliage in defeat
turns after blistering sunburn
to russet and golds

in survival mode
autumn arrives with blue skies
seemingly unperturbed

the balance
has been disturbed
water runs dry supplies dried out

source of the river
once a trickle of playful stream
disappears from sight

and what of us
are we too parched by drought
longing for refreshing rain

© 2022 Chris Shaw


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Was a hot Summer in Michigan too. We got lucky in Michigan. The rain came in August.
"and what of us
are we too parched by drought
longing for refreshing rain"
I understand the above lines. So hot in the Summer. My poor roses didn't bloom. Thank you dear Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Yes dear Coyote, it was a scorcher of a summer. Far too hot for me. I am not sorry the weather is co.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

Hello dear Chris. Michigan had perfect September and October. 70 degrees in the day and 50 in the ni.. read more



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Was a hot Summer in Michigan too. We got lucky in Michigan. The rain came in August.
"and what of us
are we too parched by drought
longing for refreshing rain"
I understand the above lines. So hot in the Summer. My poor roses didn't bloom. Thank you dear Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Yes dear Coyote, it was a scorcher of a summer. Far too hot for me. I am not sorry the weather is co.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

Hello dear Chris. Michigan had perfect September and October. 70 degrees in the day and 50 in the ni.. read more
Saw another review so came back for another look and still as impressed as before. I especially like the trophes 4 and 5 where the rhyme is delivered by two stanzas. Just marvelous.

Winston

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

You made my day. Coming back for a second read means alot. Mabt thanjs Winston. You are appreciated... read more
Very deep piece and thought provoking. Nature is always unpredictable. Overall I liked this alot

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Sean. I appreciate your thoughts and your visit. Pleased you stopped by.

Ch.. read more
We are reminded of the natural order of things every once in a while - but usually only when something goes "wrong." No matter how technologically developed we get, we are still in the hands of forces far greater than ourselves.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Many thanks Laz for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. Have a good day.

Chris
I enjoyed your poem. We have had a dry September as well. They say there's rain on the way next week sometime. Hopefully things will get replenished. Bless, F.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thanks Fabian. We have now had plenty of refreshing rain. I hope you get some soon. All the best. I .. read more
Everything lately is about climate change, drought and scorched earth. We poisoned ourselves and once more I view humans as a failed experiment…

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Yep, can't help thinking our planet would be better off without us. We certainly haven't done her an.. read more
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Gee
How strange nature fooled into a premature autumn, seeing trees dropping leaves so early a strange sight indeed. Perhaps this the first signs of DOOM :)
Enjoyed this muchly Christine


Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Pleased that we have now had plenty of rain and the scorched earth is now green again. Plenty of gol.. read more
A long hot summer for many of us. Trouble is, it has been too dry and (at times) too hot! Global Warming is coming back to bite us! The old norms of nature are being disrupted, with potentially devastating consequences. A poem with a message for all of us!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Dear Robert, thank you for your thoughtful review. Sorry for late response. I have had a very busy w.. read more
The beauty and the necessity of approaching autumn .... Loved it 😊
... I wrote a new story for the first time , Please read and review so that I can improve .... If you have time ....
Aj

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Anuska. I will pay you a visit later today. I appreciate your thoughts.

Chr.. read more
Gosh! Chris, it seems so easy. Why can't I do it?

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

4 Months Ago

You write beautiful poems
My muse writes mine. Thank you Bryan so much. Your thoughts always .. read more

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Chris Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Albert, my paternal grandfather introduced me to Tennyson when I was nine. I have loved poetry ever since but did not attempt writing a single piece until I was 40. It's never too late to try somethin.. more..

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