A Poem by John Halsted

Observations at the end of Autumn



Its late in September
the trees have turned red
I’m finding it hard
to get out of my bed
The morning’s all cold
and its now darker
Finding motivation
is getting a little harder
The dawn chorus is
all but gone
A single sparrow sits
and looks all forlorn
The swallows have flown south
following summer
Should I have gone too?
I sit and wonder
The leaves are now falling
all red and gold
The ground’s is now damp
the air a little cold
I watched as my breath
forms before my face
Like it had done
in another year and another place
The breeze is now cool
upon my skin
I thinks it is time
we all went in
One for hot chocolate
another for tea
Oh I love
my family ‘round me
A little more grey
up in the sky
A little less light
to play outside by
A train whistle sounds
far away
Going into a tunnel taking summer away

© 2008 John Halsted

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Well structured and expresses that autumn feeling while describing the changes of the season. Each stanza builds in turn until the complete picture is revealed. Yet at the same time the sense of autumn depression gently increases as you read through the poem. The train at the end providing a gentle closure. This is very good work and you should be proud of it.

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John Halsted
John Halsted

London, United Kingdom

I am South African born and educated at Westville Boys High and Bath University, Somerset, UK. On my Father's side of the family my Grandfather was Australian and my Grandmother English. On my Mother'.. more..