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Autumn's Last Leaf

Before the biting arctic wind
autumn's last leaf helplessly clings.
Other leaves, less tenacious
lie wet and matted
beneath the season's first snowfall.

Nothing shows of summer's pointillistic canvas
save the occasional fir tree and bramble.
Winter's pen and ink simplicity waxes gray and white
to show the landscape's ebb and flow
in chiaroscuro light.

In the cold of winter the luckless suffer
the impatient perish,
yet here and there
the tracks of bird and rabbit
show how life goes on.

If autumn's last leaf were to weather wind and ice
and snow and feel again the tepid balm of April-spring,
it would surely come to naught
for nothing dead can cling
before the swelling of a tender bud.

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  1. Date: 3/9/2011 4:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest. The very best to you in the finals James. Love Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 9:17:00 PM
    James, this is OUTSTANDING work from you. YOu have to enter it into the next big Soup contest. I think it would stand a really good chance! Congratulations on being featured. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 8:57:00 AM
    Congratulations James on your excellent poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup. May you have many more features. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/5/2010 4:51:00 PM
    Hi James.A lovely piece.You use such beautiful and skilful imagery.I also feel I'm getting a lesson in art techniques as well as an enjoyable read,not being familiar with some of the words.I love 'pointillistic' and how you have used it describes Summer very well-looked it up in the dictionary-Also like how you have written this making it more readable.You use your pen like a brush and paint so beautifully.A joy, thank you and congratulations on being featured.Love June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 11/7/2010 8:08:00 AM
    Nice write James, perfect picture painted...

  1. Date: 11/7/2010 6:39:00 AM
    You have drawn a nice picture of autumn' s farewell James