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The Last Leaf

All through that long September
as seasons were arranged, 
I marveled at the wonder 
of how her colors changed.

It was about the time when 
most other leaves would fall, 
she stood up through the rain storm, 
ignoring harsh winds' call. 

She trembled through October, 
but still would not let go. 
I wondered why she lingered 
through crisp November's snow. 
It wasn't 'til December, 
one frosty cold weekday, 
she'd had enough of winter, 
shook loose then flew away!

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  1. Date: 8/2/2009 7:42:00 AM
    I too really like this featured poem. With fall only a month away, I can see the changing colors in my minds eye as I read your poem. Great job. Krista

  1. Date: 8/1/2009 10:49:00 AM
    Vividly portrayed. Congratulations and God bless. Ernilando

  1. Date: 7/28/2009 2:48:00 PM
    Love this featured poem. I could draw several meanings from this one. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 7/28/2009 2:56:00 AM
    This is just so beautifully written--wistful yet very graceful--congrats on getting your poem featured :) I loved how you wrote this poem on behalf of that last leaf ;)

  1. Date: 7/28/2009 2:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured>>James

  1. Date: 7/27/2009 9:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Celeste. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/27/2009 1:28:00 AM
    congratulations on your featured poem, God bless you from diane

  1. Date: 12/4/2008 6:37:00 PM
    There's always one that hangs in there and helps shorten the wait for spring. Vince

  1. Date: 12/4/2008 4:44:00 PM
    this is a beautiful poem with superb imagery. great picture painted. love your style love and peace James

  1. Date: 12/4/2008 3:24:00 AM
    A great use of metaphor in this. the rhyme adds to the pathos of the narration and creates a lovely sound world. the flow of the poem is great and nothing comes over as being forced. like the theme, the narrative has a nature of its own.

  1. Date: 12/3/2008 11:40:00 PM
    What a lovely reflective write for thought dear~"Hello Celeste, it is good to make your acquanaince dear!~I wonder why she held on so long? And where was she going when she finally flew away? Its amazing, words can possibly project, within anothers eyes!? But only your eyes, hold the true story? And, there is 'always' a story!~"God Bless You & All You Love, Always, John!:)

  1. Date: 12/3/2008 12:03:00 AM
    You have painted such a vivid picture in a perfect couplet. thank you for sharing, Celeste. lainie

  1. Date: 12/2/2008 7:50:00 PM
    Wow..this is superb. Nicely personified. A beautiful poem reflecting the change of seasons and the tree as aware and ready to fight. Loved it!! This made me remember a tree we had in the front yard of our house. It would certainly stand still till December. Love, Chitra

  1. Date: 12/2/2008 7:07:00 PM
    Hi Celeste..this paints a beautiful picture..Nice write.. I can see that leaf all alone and then giving up. The fall colors are beautiful here..unfortunately most of them are on the grownd now..BGA

  1. Date: 12/2/2008 4:34:00 PM
    Painted a very vivid picture here, Celeste! I look forward to reading more of your writing and welcome to PoetrySoup!!

  1. Date: 12/2/2008 3:54:00 PM
    Excellent writing, I love the bravado of this lone leaf, refusing to give in until the last! Wonderful poetry. :) God bless, Amy