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Gone Forever

Here I sit amongst the long grasses and the reed,
in a solitary place, where my breath is freed,
on an Indian Summer's evening on the lake bed,
autumn has come, yet the warmth has not fled.

Blazing orange skies, are mirrored to reflect,
I cannot imagine a scene being any more perfect,
as I looked up, an unfallen leaf caught my gaze,
spotlighted in the sun's last golden rays.

I noticed this crimson leaf as it began to wave,
the end of a short life that I could not save,
then swept away suddenly by the wind's rake,
and ripples formed as it landed on the still lake.

The leaf was carried away and my eyes followed,
then drowned by the water's surface and swallowed,
windy fingertips tugged it from the branch to sever,
existing once, like today, and then was gone forever.

Note - This was my original idea for the poem "The leaf",
but it was revised for a contest. I just wanted to post both 
versions of the poem.


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  1. Date: 10/1/2014 10:16:00 AM

    Excellent work another poem with wonderious imagery, it is subperb, love the whole thing to put it in the nut shell. cheri Thank you also for your comments on my haunted poem, cheri
  1. Date: 9/30/2014 8:06:00 PM

    gosh, it seems just as good if not better to me, reading it HERE. I wonder what you did different?? I've gotta go take one more look at the contest version again.
  1. Date: 9/30/2014 1:39:00 PM

    That beautiful, fiery leaf remains alive in your passionate heart Kelly. Your great skill induces such a vibrant vision in my mind, a wing of flying fire. " Swept away suddenly by the wind's rake..." brilliant. I love the soft touch of mortality. You are a lioness on the lake Kelly...J.A.B.
  1. Date: 9/29/2014 9:18:00 PM

    This extremely well put together, I love it! You're extremely talented:) Best wishes
  1. Date: 9/29/2014 4:07:00 PM

    visualization in words beautiful is this Kelly
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 11:25:00 AM

    I both versions of this poem. Spectacular write. Going into my fav's. About my poem Shadow People, I know what you mean about the shadows. Have a beautiful weekend. PS Let me know when you want to collaborate on a Halloween poem. oxox Gail
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 7:13:00 AM

    Wow I love this it totally beautiful and inspirational, the picture you have planted here in my mind is awsome, my fellow souper very cool. I'm so moved to write something right now. Thank you for this my friend. Thank you for your comments about my poems I wrote last year and I hope my new ones will live up to your expectations. Talk to you later take care cheri
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 4:39:00 AM

    really very beautifully painted piece kelly
  1. Date: 9/25/2014 8:21:00 PM

    Yes, life is brief as the life of a leaf, well done my friend, much enjoyed your verse tonight xxx
  1. Date: 9/24/2014 2:48:00 AM

    Brilliant poem Kelly, I think i will have to look at the leaf now. I really enjoyed this read, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 9/23/2014 9:27:00 PM

    once again, thank you for the reply on my comemnt. Linda
  1. Date: 9/23/2014 9:02:00 PM

    This is a very nice just the way it is but improving things is a good idea too.I'll go read The Leaf next..
  1. Date: 9/22/2014 12:47:00 PM

    you swayed graciously with this stunning write, kelly... i like the whole feel of your piece on a single leaf.. huggs
  1. Date: 9/22/2014 10:25:00 AM

    Also very beautiful Kelly. I think I like the revised one better but maybe because I read it first and fell in love with it.
  1. Date: 9/22/2014 3:41:00 AM

    Excellent. Beautiful write. Enjoyed. Tfs
  1. Date: 9/20/2014 10:22:00 PM

    Brilliant the "windy fingertips"...this poem feels like a still life portrait that moves ever so slowly...just wonderful
  1. Date: 9/20/2014 8:00:00 PM

    You amaze with the deep write my friend! This flows like a cool mountain stream into a crystal blue lake. "then swept away suddenly by the wind's rake, and ripples formed as it landed on the still lake." Golden verses ....
  1. Date: 9/20/2014 8:00:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/20/2014 5:59:00 PM

    You illustrate the transitory nature of reality in this work. Your leaf is a metaphor for life in this world. With the cool winds and falling leaves we can enjoy a respite before the depths of winter. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 9/20/2014 1:52:00 PM

    Kelly you blew me away with this beauty. Exquisite talent you have for writing and this is a perfect example of that. Saving this one on my fav's. Wishing you a great weekend love. oxox Gail
  1. Date: 9/20/2014 5:17:00 AM

    Hi Kelly! I liked the 'contest' version, but I think that this one feels more natural when viewed from an expressive mood. I rated both with a 7, but I'll add plus to this one:) hugs // paul
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 9:36:00 PM

    Very nice Kiddo, I like it :)
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 7:27:00 PM

    My background is as a director. Specifically theatre. As such I love Shakespeare. I love it in this form. However it had a special meaning for me rewritten for the contest. Both versions are a great write. Thank you for two wonderful reads.
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 6:37:00 PM

    WOW!!!! PD