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Autumn's Breath

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Autumn's Breath

I love to spend my October afternoons walking ankle-deep in dried, curled leaves.
They cover the back country roads, the forest floor, and my own front yard.
But, I cannot bear to rake them away, or burn them.
The dead, gnarled leaves drift down around me like confetti.

Some are in shades of red and maroon and crimson.
The color of country barns you pass by, when you are going home for Thanksgiving.
Or, those crisp apples, waiting to be picked from the orchard's trees.
And, taken, to be pressed for cider, or dipped into warm caramel.

Some are in shades of yellow and gold and butterscotch.
The color of dried corn husks and stalks, bundled together to decorate porches.
And, the fields full of bright sunflowers, guarded by straw scarecrows.
Or, like the buses and the #2 pencils, waiting for the children to come back to school.

Some are in shades of orange and amber and burnt sienna.
The color of pumpkins sitting in patches, waiting to be carved out for Halloween.
Or, like the sun setting on a cool, September, Indian summer's evening.
Or, a full harvest moon when it rises, late, into the night sky.

Some are in shades of brown and chocolate and pecan.
The color of fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg, sprinkled within my Mom's apple pie.
Or, like maple syrup dripping from my pancakes, on a November morning.
And, those acorns, fallen from oak trees, inhabited by squirrels and owls.

Autumn lasts for maybe, three months, but to me it feels like only three minutes.
So, I take it all in while I can.
I look up through the branches,
where the golden sunlight beats between the rustling leaves.
My heart beats with warmth and joy at the sight.
Even though, the wind chills me to the bone.

A long winter will soon arrive, and the world will be nothing but white and gray.
Yet, the rich, unforgettable beauty of fall lingers within me.
Because, sometimes, when the snow finally fades away in the spring, 
I can still smell those decaying, dead leaves.
Then, instantly, my mind returns to the autumn days that took my breath away.

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  1. Date: 3/18/2014 8:51:00 AM
    Kelly What a beautifully written picture of autumn. Every line is full of imagery and description that tells a wonderful story of this colorful and serene time of year. Thanks for the great comment on my Lifes Bubble poem. Hugs

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 3/18/2014 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your wonderful comments, Robin! I appreciate it very much! :)
  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:52:00 PM
    this was a very nice read...Thank You

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 10/21/2013 3:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the nice comments, Keenan!
  1. Date: 10/20/2013 6:12:00 PM
    Just came in from admiring the magnificent colors in my yard and found this. You are a true autumn lover and wrote lovingly about it. Congratulations on your big well deserved win. Love, Joyce

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 10/20/2013 7:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Autumn is my favorite season! What's not to love?
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 7:58:00 AM
    Excellent poem and image! Thank you so much for sharing my dear friend Kelly! So love it and enjoyed. My big hearty congratulations on your great win! love lots and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 10/17/2013 9:08:00 PM
    glad you wrote on fall leaves..such a wonderful time of the year..congrats on your big win. BG

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 8:20:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win, such a colorful write! Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 4:01:00 PM
    You have taken me to the autumn place as warm and as a cozy, as a late October day......just lovely!

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Congratulations Kelly...beautiful poem.

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 11:01:00 AM
    and an awesome win it is.... love it Kelly...xox..Linda

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 10:11:00 AM
    congrats on win and an exquiste write Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 10/16/2013 7:05:00 AM
    Kelly, your poem takes my breath away, Autumn is also my favorite season, I couldn't have found a better way to describe the beauty of it, you're an awesome poet, congratulations on your winning poetry, I will share this one with my friends, love and peace, and goodness from me to you xxx

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 9:57:00 PM
    beauty is all i see..... congrats...............SKAT

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 8:42:00 AM
    Hi Kelly, congratulations In Gail's contest !!! Fresh & Beautiful... love the Autumn Air.... hugs *LINDA

  1. Date: 9/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
    excellent poem Kelly congrats on win

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 6:22:00 PM
    Congrats Kelly! I knew that yours would place better than mine. Its just so good.

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 8:28:00 AM
    Kelly, deep and stunning... congrats ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/11/2013 3:32:00 PM
    This was a wonderful write Kelly so very descriptive. We don't have a fall here, as most oif our tress are evergreens, but I remember it from my childhood in London...Great write...Peter

  1. Date: 9/11/2013 1:08:00 PM
    Congrats on your great winning work.Sara

  1. Date: 9/11/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Kelly, This is just one reason I didn't enter this contest... You penned a most underrated poem. It is one of the best I have read. You are really using your talent and others are recognizing the skill you exercise in your writing. I'm tempted to say, "I knew Kelly when......." You are really making your mark.... Love ya.... Jake

  1. Date: 9/10/2013 6:09:00 PM
    Autumn doesn't last long enough....beautiful poem and great win....