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A Late Autumn Change

Some are laughin' and jokin',
Others sit there chain smokin'
     while they talk about the good days gone by;
The old truths get broken
Into lies that turn golden
     with a smile and the wink of an eye.
The young souls trade tokens
For the gravesites left open
     underneath a yellow moon sky.

See them old dogs of war
As they pass by the door,
     they’re saluting the prince and the king;
Have been marching by fours
Through the battles that roar
     into tales of which minstrels will sing.
But like ships far from shore
They'll return nevermore
     when at last those freedom bells ring.

There's a flag in the wood
That might fly, if it could,
     over books that the priestess once read;
Never knew if she should
But she preached of man's good
     while her gay lover waited in bed.
Back in the old neighborhood
Where a cross one time stood,
     they’d hung her until she was dead.

Comes an echo of sound
From a far sacred ground
     where the last chief chants out his death tune;
In the young village town
The folk gathered around
     for they knew that he'd be coming soon.
Near that last little mound
The old chief was cut down,
     but his soul still rides with the moon.


They say life's still a game
Without asking your name,
     what you've done, or what’s been left to do;
They are caught between fame
And the shadows of shame,
     both get seen from the same point of view.
Been wrapped up in the chains
Of a late autumn change,
     and I pray that I'm just passing through.



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  1. Date: 7/10/2013 2:54:00 PM
    A beautifully constructed poem and as stated below great rhythm and rhyme and a very interesting subject to. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of your poems.

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 7/18/2013 3:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many, many thanks.
  1. Date: 6/28/2013 7:01:00 AM
    This is wonderful! The rhythm and rhyme are so deftly handled, and the subject itself is very interesting. I love those last three lines. Glad to have discovered your poetry this morning, Daniel!

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 6/30/2013 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much for your humbling comments. Been away for awile but the feelings are returning. So glad you enjoyed this one. Daniel
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 11:15:00 PM
    I have been reading some of your poetry Daniel and am mightily impressed. Your rhyme is great and your poems have depth and meaning. I will be back. Love, Joyce

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 6/30/2013 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My heartfelt thanks for your wonderful comments . . .they mean a lot to me. Daniel
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 10:53:00 PM
    I agree with Craig and Suz!!! And a very enjoyable poem to read.

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 6/30/2013 3:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thankyou kindly. Daniel
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 6:03:00 PM
    Daniel, you have more than just a talent this is special writing!!

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 6/27/2013 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you kindly for your wonderful comment.
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 4:56:00 PM
    Love the flow of this one. You have a real natural sense of rythm.SuZ

    Larson Avatar Daniel Larson
    Date: 6/27/2013 6:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanking you for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed.