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Unfettered Words

Sometimes between the lines,
trembles the hallows of unspoken goodbyes,
expectant and charged, like a theater scene,
in the moments before the curtain rises.

In the dream that I've had,
I am southward bound, so it must  be early autumn.
Someone has turned a giant dimmer switch,
and the sky is grayer.....
Wild thorn-berries had been picked, all the branches are bare, 
the gutters are filling, and evenings are long.
Through the limbs of knotted trees, 
a sun flitters between light and shadow.

Leaves are adrift, disturbed,
littering the  twilight sky
with unfettered words,
clamoring against the leadlight of a window,
pleading to be heard.

Somehow, the leaves are swept away,
by a bridled hesitation.
No summer aria has been sung,
and the words go unsaid.
Leaves fall to the ground,
and the light leaves the world.

The red velvet drape descends,
leaving unfettered leaves, and unsaid words, adrift, in the dark.

For The Contest "Vibrant Verse"  Sponsored By Charlotte Puddifoot


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  1. Date: 7/30/2014 4:37:00 PM

    Goodbyes are sometimes sad but this one is very expressive and colorful..Enjoyed reading your creative lines today..Sara
  1. Date: 7/30/2014 1:24:00 PM

    For the love of all that is good, I've missed reading you. This piece captured me to no end. Incredibly done!
  1. Date: 7/30/2014 11:08:00 AM

    Dear Carrie, An amazing description of the coming of autumn with leaves turning colors and days growing shorter. Each line is beautiful and I especially admire "No summer aria has been sung and the words go unsaid." There is deep meaning well below the surface of this verse and I'm sure it will be a winner. Always pulling for you in the contests, dear. You are such a wonderful writer! Love, Carolyn
  1. Date: 7/30/2014 3:05:00 AM

    Wow! this is certainly vibrant verse, Carrie. I read this one three times and get something new with each reading. very powerful and vivid with imagery. Such a pleasure to read... Robert.
  1. Date: 7/29/2014 9:12:00 PM

    DAMN GIRL!! You are Good!! I adore the way you write!! FAV....and you inspire me to try this challenge which is difficult without a distinct theme
  1. Date: 7/29/2014 5:08:00 PM

    And this is what an unexpected masterpiece looks like, incredible Carrie. And if there is a double meaning we still have time..