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Delicacy of Leaves

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This poem was actually written as a challenge from a friend's friend who is a playwright and author. My friend passed it on to me. Here it is:

Write an poem on the delicacy of leaves. Make sure your tone is gentle. Begin this way: "Crash! Bang! The angry leaves assaulted my roof and hurt my dog. I grabbed my rake and I..."

I took some poetic license, of course.


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Delicacy of Leaves

Crash! Bang! Poof! The angry leaves assault my roof
My canine friend turns end to end, and cries out with a woof
I grab my rake and take a break, enjoying autumn's show
No haste to battle Zephyr's breath, with such a fine tableau

Then a pause and silence falls, and time slows to a crawl
Molecules of red and gold in fractal loops enthrall
Leafy fingers stroke my brow, a delicate caress
Cares and worries leave my mind and harried thoughts regress

A second seems forever as I'm lost in reverie
A timeless crystal moment of deep serenity
Then I stir, my eyes unblur and I roll up my sleeves
I put my mind in focus, and begin to rake the leaves


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  1. Date: 4/13/2013 10:15:00 PM
    Roy, a very nice and awesome poem. Congratulations with your Featured Poem of the week :-). Take care, and enjoy the new upcoming week. Always & Forever! GOODNIGHT **LINDA*

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 8:40:00 AM
    really enjoyable read Roy, you sound a poet who likes to do things differently, must read more of your work, thanks for sharing, have a blessed day, Gordon

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 3:41:00 PM
    I read your ("about the poem") story....and then the poem......your friend would be smiling to read that you met the challenge! :)

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 11:18:00 AM
    Love your poem Roy~Yours truly *SKAT

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 9:01:00 AM
    Love your poems Roy, always step outside the ordinary for a more interesting and real life perspective!

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 3/6/2013 6:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Craig! I need to return the favor by reading some more of yours, but I'm busy with a new grandson just born last week. I'm not so prolific, but spend a lot of time tweaking and doing slight re-writes on poems, always trying to find just the right word to better fit the concept and meter.
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Roy, thank you very much for considering my 100 % nature contest..Congratulations in showing off Natures true after glow, always~ PD

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 5:26:00 PM
    roy, I am glad to finally have seen this one. I read your "about this poem" part. It's so cool when friends inspire us this way. That's how I got on the road to writing a lot. A friend gave me a personal challenge just like this one!

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 11:51:00 PM
    I like this! It reminds us to take a moment and just breathe - that even the most unlikely thing can effect our lives when we least expect it. Well penned Roy!

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 12/7/2012 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Vicky!
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 10:49:00 PM
    I loved the rhyming scheme of your poem. Such an enjoyable read. Great write!

  1. Date: 11/23/2012 5:15:00 AM
    You are immensely talented!

  1. Date: 8/26/2012 1:13:00 PM
    the best poem i read for the day love you you see enjoy mother nature with all her elements profound

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 5:10:00 PM
    Excellent ending. loved it1 Hugs, catie :)