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Leaves Begin to Shudder

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Leaves Begin to Shudder

A bum called Boe has stubbed his toe, he’s stumbled in the gutter;

With broken neck, he looks a wreck, the sparrows all aflutter,

The passers-by, they close an eye, and turn their heads and mutter:

“ Let’s pray for rains to wash the lanes, to clear away the clutter.”

A river slows neath mountain snows, and leaves begin to shudder.




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  1. Date: 11/8/2012 10:35:00 PM
    Another great poem Terry. Will I ever get to read them all? I hope so. You need to get your awesome poems in a book.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 6:34:00 PM
    I like it..the leaves show more sensitivity than the humans! I believe it too! Light & love

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 8:59:00 AM
    Terry - You pack so much horrid truth into such matter-of-fact rhyme. Reminds me of Edward Arlington Robinson. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/5/2012 10:00:00 PM
    wow, I read this one a second time. It's actually quite profound to me!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 7:51:00 PM
    Doesn't get better than this. I think it is brilliant!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 7:07:00 AM
    Good work Terry: excellent rhyming, the imagery works perfectly and the message resounds.

  1. Date: 7/2/2012 8:10:00 PM
    Breath-taking, Terry...this is an awsome write!!! You say sooo much in this, Well Done...its a fav...huggs...love ya , deb

  1. Date: 7/2/2012 7:35:00 PM
    The last line summed it all.Very good poem capturing a moment.Enjoyed reading it.

  1. Date: 7/2/2012 7:00:00 PM
    a wonderful use of rhyme to tell a sad and very poignant tale. bravo!