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Pressed Leaves

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Pressed Leaves

By chance, I found them, there...
Three pressed leaves, with brittle veins of delicacy
Tucked between the pages 
Of a tattered book of poems
Overlooked and gathering dust, 
A cover worn, with broken spine
It had your names, an autumn date, 
With script inside, a faded time...

Caressed in yellowed tissue, these three from ancient trees
Discarded long ago from russet crowns 
A memory, kept, of time, so keen, 
Of a long ago, brisk autumn day?

Where leaves had fallen so bold and gay, then twirled on down
From breezes that gently made the Sycamores sway
A place you walked and held his hand, and knew forever your love would be
Perhaps beneath those trees you made a plan for me
When winter's chill and stolen years had not yet come 
Where fragrance of fall and new young love was found
From soft carpets of scarlet, red and brown

You chose these three from all the rustling hordes that grew
A tree had finished using them, in remembrance of you 
They were yours for awhile...for your love, perhaps a lover's bed
now....here in my hands they lay....
             They are mine to to keep,  pressed leaves, 
                 To keep for now, close to my heart instead...





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  1. Date: 10/13/2011 2:07:00 PM

    As always Carrie a pleasure to read you beautiful poetry. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 2:05:00 PM

    Oh so nice, I really enjoyed this poem. Just lovely. Well done and congratulations on this win, lee

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 11:40:00 AM

    Congrats Carrie on a superb win with this beautiful composition on leaves for the contest luv.. amazing lines of flowing imagery and grace..

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 10:39:00 AM

    A lovely write Carrie. Congratulations on your well deserved win

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 7:59:00 AM

    Congratulations on your winning poem in my contest "Leaves Leaves Leaves" judged today 10/12/2011. Thank you for your support of my contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 5:28:00 AM

    Congrats on your well deserved win in Poet Destroyer's contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 12:30:00 AM

    grats on your awesome contest entry Luv*Skat

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 10:59:00 PM

    What a very beautiful write this is Carrie-- pressed leaves to bring back memories-- just wonderful-- Super congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 5:35:00 PM

    Carrie!~ CONGRATULATIONS!! with your poem in my old entry contest:-) Thank you very much for supporting my awesome contest. I had so much fun reading each and every entry. I'm glad you where among all my chosen winners. Keep posting your good poems,..p.d.

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 1:43:00 PM

    Congratulations on the win in the contest of p.d., Carrie

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 1:01:00 PM

    congrats Carrie on another fantastic win with an old poem just as beautiful as new poems luv..enjoy..

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 11:56:00 AM

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  1. Date: 11/12/2010 3:01:00 PM

    A keeper. This has the swirl in the rythmn if you read it of leaves falling down to earth. Nice pulse to the poem. Congratulations! LOve, Gerard.

  1. Date: 10/14/2010 4:40:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 10/3/2010 3:43:00 PM

    What a nostalgic encore in the memory of a love gone..."A tree had finished using them, in remembrance of you They were yours for awhile...for your love, perhaps a lover's bed now....here in my hands they lay...." Carrie, you are a great poetess!!! Thanks for your comments on my "Hope" - A Star for Me. Love, iolanda

  1. Date: 9/29/2010 9:13:00 PM

    "When winter's chill and stolen years had not yet come Where fragrance of fall and new young love was found" Wow, what great lines....another wonderful win in the number two spot. Congratulations to you Carrie. Love, Connie

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 12:26:00 AM

    Carrie, congrats on your fine win here great read..painted a wonderful picture of love with words...fantastic! Peace, Kurt

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 1:08:00 PM

    I just love your writing..it is always so full of warmth...congrats to you...BG

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 4:19:00 AM

    cONGRATULATIONS ON THIS END PLACE WIN, cARRIE

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 4:09:00 AM

    Congratulations Carrie on your win in John Heck's contest "Encore". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2010 7:22:00 PM

    Congrats Carrie on your winning poem in the Encore contest.. another beauty .. enjoy another beautiful win tonight with luv..

  1. Date: 9/20/2010 5:49:00 PM

    Congrad's on yet another great win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/20/2010 4:25:00 PM

    A very lovely poem deserving of the honor it was given. Congratulations Carrie!

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 2:07:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest!

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 8:28:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in Constance's contest Carrie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 7:05:00 AM

    Very touching peace of writing. Congratulations on your well deserved win, dear Carrie. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 9/20/2009 8:38:00 PM

    In every winners' list, in every contest... Congratulations, Carrie!! I couldn't finish my entry... : ( Next time... Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/20/2009 1:32:00 PM

    Carrie, congrats on your success in the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 9/20/2009 12:51:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/12/2009 7:27:00 PM

    so sweet, greatly written

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