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A Narrative Of A Falling Leaf

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A Narrative Of A Falling Leaf

An ancient farmer

Perches in the kitchen window

Watching November gallop.

His wife's dementia is in the living room.

He was harvesting

When she thought her husband,

The farmer, was her dead brother.

Now she has forgotten

How to drink tea from a cup.

He watches

    The leaf

            Tumble.


During Indiana-August,

Heavy in air,

His wife remembered his birthday.

Her mind was only tired back then.

His crops were fibrous and green. 

     The leaf 

            Suspended.


It was a profitable year.

The farmer had money for doctors,

It wasn't that.

There are some things that just happen out of order.

Her mind, a rotting jack-o-lantern left

On the front porch in late November,

White fuzz outlined her eyes.

But her body would remain,

Reminding him of what he once had.

There was a presence of wind.

The farmer will make a sandwich.

And feed it to her,

She will yell

In her insanity. He will say,

“You like this, remember?”

But she doesn't

and never will.

Awake in bed

He hopes

That soon,

Maybe tomorrow,

The persistent leaf 

Will lie down onto the cold Earth. 

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  1. Date: 2/4/2014 6:26:00 AM
    Wonderful poem, your favorite one. Congrats on the win, Shanice

  1. Date: 2/3/2014 9:43:00 PM
    There was a presence of wind... very awesome line, very awesome poem. So glad I read it. Namaste.

  1. Date: 2/3/2014 7:32:00 PM
    Wow! Surprising ending lines; I love the twist and the leaf analogy. Congratulations on your top win, Shanice!

  1. Date: 2/3/2014 6:13:00 PM
    I was mightily impressed with this poem! very well written, the poignancy is beautifully understated, and I love the metaphorical meaning of the leaf within the poem...I don't think I've read your work before, but if this is anything to go by, I've been missing a real talent! congrats on your win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 2/3/2014 4:49:00 PM
    Yes touching, brilliant, sad, you know what you speak of. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 11:36:00 PM
    Shanice,, Congratulations :-) for your nice win.... Thank you for considering my contest. Good Night ~ Linda ~