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Fall of a Melancholic

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Fall of a Melancholic

Tracing back…
that is what I am doing now,
just tracing back
along this woodland path,
in an attempt to grasp remnants
of a time 
when I felt so alive, yet dying.

Thoughts and memories,
they fall  like these leaves,
a melange of confusion, beauty and frailty

Swept away by the wind, scattered
or swept into a pile, unified.

Either way, they can be stomped on,
brittle leaves crushed into a satisfying crunch.

All around me, 
there’s a profusion of vermilion, gold and copper
but those reds have always been my favorite—
so alive, yet can also mean bleeding.

I see a pumpkin carved out, 
a creepy smile adorning its face
A chuckle escapes from my lips,
remembering that time 
when laughter lived in harmony
with love.

Now, I am not sure anymore…
Because how can something 
that had so much hope, so verdant,
change?

I am a fool, for the answers 
are so obvious—
I only need to look at these leaves.

So much like our lives, these seasons…

Not very long,
I will be staring up at argentine skies.

The thought of it gives me chills—
I pray for spring.



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  1. Date: 10/30/2014 11:25:00 PM
    wowowowowow, my dear friend!!! You did splendidly in the contest with this most deserved win. Sure wish you were here all the time like in the old days > I sure miss that. BIG congrats to YOU, sweet Nikko.

  1. Date: 10/30/2014 10:55:00 PM
    Fabulous write n wonderful win binibining! congrats on huge first place win my friend!

  1. Date: 10/30/2014 4:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win and outstanding poem my dear friend, Nikko. Hugs and cheers! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 9:29:00 PM
    Congratulations on your winning poem. Spring would be nice.

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:53:00 PM
    I can't tell you how honored to share this place with the most lovely poet! As always, your poems are so meaningful, that I often read them over and over, making sure I truly pay attention to every detail. You are truly a poet, Nikko.I've always felt a connection to your words. I tend to gravitate to the melancholy with my own...perhaps that is something we share, and understand about each other.:) This is sad, lonely, and gives me chills .I too pray for spring Congratulations dear friend. :)

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win with this my favorite form. This one could be used as an example of what free verse should look like, excellent.

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:45:00 PM
    Autumn... one of my two favorite seasons. Love where you took this piece with the comparisons... Congrats on your win !!

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 7:26:00 PM
    very thought provoking comparing human life to autumn - great write many congrats hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 6:08:00 PM
    "I pray for spring" - you and me both, nikko! a poignant and reflective piece you have here, beautifully penned; you know how much I enjoy your free verse - congrats on your 1st place win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 11/26/2011 6:50:00 PM
    You weave the remnants of fall and human emotion together so well and the way you did it is lovely. A sad but beautiful verse Nikko.

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 10:03:00 AM
    if i was a monky could i still eat coconuts

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 5:43:00 PM
    You point out the tranistory nature of exsistence so well in this ode. Keep it up! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 10/11/2011 3:51:00 PM
    No, not a Spanish guy, it was the French Canadian!! See me here racing like a wild person to catch up on comments. hahaha

  1. Date: 10/8/2011 12:26:00 AM
    Nikko A melancholic poem indeed! A poignant memory so expressed in your poem. I always enjoy your work Nikko! Dalila

  1. Date: 10/6/2011 8:08:00 PM
    orange is my favorite color. purple used to be. love your voice, my wish for you... is you learn to love it, too. for real ~N

  1. Date: 9/30/2011 12:35:00 PM
    Strong analogy between leaves and our own frail existence. I think wot stood out the most for me, is how well you described fall....I mean, the type of fall that doesn't happen around your parts(not to say that you haven't travelled somewhere and experienced it first hand). Great introspection here, nikko. A very brooding, serious angle.

  1. Date: 9/29/2011 11:15:00 PM
    So this is the one that you won with for PD? Wow, i am so glad she loved it so much, Nikko. It is truly worthy of a high place! You do well with thoughtful writing. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/29/2011 5:15:00 PM
    I wish u would have told me u changed your pen name, Nikko. Oh my word!!!!! I am laughing hard now, I am a total nimkumpooop. Lovely song of a path and yes, I pray for spring too. Now I have some serious catching up to do!!

  1. Date: 9/29/2011 3:59:00 PM
    Never heard such true appreciation of autumn delivered quiet like this. Lovely write. Love,Vie

  1. Date: 9/29/2011 3:44:00 PM
    Wow, what a thought provoking poem, Nikko - and I loved the way you compared our lives to the leaves. Many congrats on all your wins : )

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