Echoes of an Autumn Rain

Echoes of an Autumn Rain

A Poem by Richard Williams

Seasons of life; coming full circle.

There was a time, not long ago
when I was shaken from a tree,
and felt the chill of autumn air
divide, confuse and weaken me;
then I was trampled underfoot
like leaves that litter slender trails,
and drew the crude bitstock of earth
among the silty sand and shale.

The fall gave way to winter's rage
that locked me deep in gnarled ice;
while callous winds campaigned at night
I had no voice, no ears, no eyes;
my blood was slowed and carried off
where glaciers score the slate,
and I was cold as arctic air
that blew with gusts of bitter hate.

Then I beheld the birth of spring
and felt a spark ignite within;
I let the sun come over me
with vivid gleam and balmy wind;
I found that I had taken root
despite insipid drifts of snow;
embittered cold had slipped away
allowing me the chance to grow.

As summer glorifies the days
with such a warm, expanding love,
I know that I could not begin
to grow without that light above;
full circle have I traveled now
freed from a grim and frigid plain,
and all I hear through vanquished winds
are echoes of an autumn rain.

© 2010 Richard Williams

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Wonderful. I love the cadence and the ‘visuals‘. Sounds, perhaps, an Acorn did fall from said tree.

Posted 2 Months Ago

Awesome writing. Congrats on winning first place. This deserves it.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Well done Sir.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Stunning poem! truly stunning, one of the best I´ve read on here. Blown away

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is absolutely captivating. Such a beautiful depiction of Autumn rain.

Posted 4 Years Ago

An awesome and well written piece of poetic prosody! Congratulations on the challenge win. ~Sharon

Posted 4 Years Ago


Congratulations for this winning poem for the Tetrameter Contest!

Well written and well deserved.


Posted 4 Years Ago

Dear Richard

As I am judging the Iambic Tetrameter Contest. I am commenting briefly on each entry before I judge.

This is a perfect piece of Iambic Tetrameter with the constant rhyme abcbdefe.

Best wishes


Posted 4 Years Ago

I'm in love with this poem. BEAUTIFUL!

Posted 8 Years Ago

congratulations for the award - it's well-deserved!!! this is a BEAUTY!

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on September 27, 2010
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