The single white rose captured the old gardener's attention,
He lovingly cared for it, like it was his own grand-daughter,
The roses were just like family and friends in his eyes,
He gave them bright sunshine, and plenty of fresh water.
He had always planted roses in reds, yellows, and pinks,
Yet, it was the one white rose that he favored most,
The old gardener admired it's innocence and elegance,
A quality that the other roses just could not boast.
This precious rose was pure white, like new fallen snow,
Which only a cold, late November day could bring,
It's delicate petals were soft to the finger's touch,
Similar to that of a feather, in an angel's wing.
The old gardener was perplexed and astonished,
Only this rose bloomed through spring, summer, and fall,
Each of the other roses had withered months ago,
The frost and cold weather did not affect it at all.
With a smile, the old gardener took one last look,
Unknowingly, death would soon come without warning,
After he had settled down for a nap in his chair,
He drew his last breath, later on that morning.
His funeral was held on the very next day,
Loving words were spoken, as he was laid to rest,
His grand-daughter approached, with tears in her eyes,
As she placed the single white rose upon his chest.
The cemetery was a quiet and peaceful place,
Where family and friends gathered to remember,
A gentle snow began to fall upon the casket lid,
Brightening the gloom on this final day of November.
The old gardener's soul departed from this earth,
Lead away by a choir of angels, on delicate wings,
Then on through the pearly gates of heaven's garden,
Where the white rose still blooms, in eternal springs.
November 25th, 2013
Copyright © Kelly Deschler | Year Posted 2013
I am somber
like November days
and my words speak
weak, as if through tired tongue
I see the trees
reaching their limbs
across the stream
as if touching
and comforting each other
from the bitter cold
that's settling in
sometimes I envy them
I want to stand naked
arch my back
reach towards hands
and feel the comfort
of more than I am allowed
and escape the bitterness
as it settles in
it doesn't seem fair
to question a day
or night that wears the same veil
as me, colorless
and silent in the breeze
as it whispers
through the trees
I want to lean my ear
and eavesdrop on them
I want to peak beneath
the skies veil and see
the colors blend
to see the rain
through colored drops
fall upon a canvas
and paint a masterpiece
I want to feel my hands
finger a pen, without tingling
from bottled up emotions
to feel my soul inside me
not as if locked outside
looking in, as if a stranger
to my own life
not be the afterthought
or an emotion beyond words
of some poet's muse
I want to know the meaning
of this emptiness
I want to understand
why the tree is as naked
as my thoughts in winter
yet dressed heavy in the summer
and most beautiful in the fall
why does beauty fall
and dance in November's wind
somber, like the day....
Copyright © Sandra Adams | Year Posted 2013
The End of Love
A secret grief rips apart all that was
Slaves to the sexual caresses of time
Stallions in black gallop gallantly in fields
Of spring full wishes
Thou seeith the birth of love
Naked hopes surrounded by sweet perfumes
Seduced by the gods or by demon fools
Dancing, towards our own charades we sing
Funerals consume autumn’s dead poets
The gravestone cold and gray
We hug it like a long lost friend
One may see a battle lost
The other a battle won
In November we reminisce the soldier and singers too
Didst you know I was a prostitute?
Selling my soul to the hourglass of eternity
Foolishly hoping to sleep upon her breast
Shivering as others seem to fall right at deaths door
Brimstone, black and rose
The underbelly of St Laurent
Youthful boasts as the old man in cane hobbles
Generations sailed down the main
Some seeking solace others finding fame
Vaguely the recollections appear
Visions inside dreams inside the darkest fears
The end of love is near
For the hand above is reaching
As I float to the end of time
Enchantment in the crypts
Ravens dancing as they consume our mortal
No smiles, no sleep
Thou did knowest I’m surely certain
The dance of death
Only to be followed
By a piper
And angels violins
Rags and shrouds, kiss them all goodbye
In Memory of Leonard Cohen, a fellow Montrealer, 21 September 1934 – 10 November 2016.
Copyright © arthur vaso | Year Posted 2016
Paris the 13th
Tears, my tears fall to wine
As I can not comprehend this horrendous crime
Men filled with such spiteful hate
Islamic teachings seal their fate
Kill and slaughter love and smiles
How I pray tell does this bring about
Any compassion of heart, have they no guile?
I have walked along those Parisian streets
Filled with history and diversity, such a feat
Hand in hand, people from so many lands
Dressed in darkness, blacks and grays
The massacre dancing in premonitions sway
Crusaders never win, for love will take its stand
Hundreds taken from Jesus hands
For nothing more than celebrating their great lands
Food and drink and lovers smiles
Stolen this night by hateful bile
We shall rise again, defend and stand
Our blood may flow in the river seine
However in the end its you, who is insane
We shall defend our liberty
Even if we hang evil from the tree
Père Lachaise has brought me tears
Such history over all the years
Yet here I am faced to visit once again
Paying respect to those dying in vain
My heart is fraught, with you till eternity
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Notes: Pere Lachaise is a famous cemetery in Paris
Liberté, égalité, fraternité is the motto of France
Copyright © arthur vaso | Year Posted 2015
Frozen roses die
November frosty window
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Copyright © Sunshine Smile | Year Posted 2014
A marquee of stars dims, to beckon early winter’s stage;
Reflecting crunched flowers in ghastly hues, detached from their limp boughs.
The nightfall drapes hush of serenity , as flakes soothe trees’ nest.
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Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2014
Branches wave naked in the autumn wind,
Leaves being tossed carelessly through the night.
Dark rain clouds are dominating our sky
And my eyes ask where the beauty has gone.
Daybreak shows sleepily its weary head
Just to return to bed, early again.
Cold and wet invading our daily walks
And my eyes search for signs of a blue sky.
Alas, the first of many snowflakes fall
Bringing the beginning of brighter days.
Grey disappears under a white blanket
And my eyes applaud November’s beauty.
The white snow has brought pureness in its wake
And nights are brighter from shimmering snow.
We light a fire, and it brings us such warmth
And my eyes feel the sun shine once again.
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Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014
The sweet songs of birds,
We hand in hand across the
Pansies white yellow and violet
Tossing their heads in the
Somewhere the sound of falling
The sound of squirrel cracking
Calm weather warm sun,
White fluffy clouds forming
A passenger flight in the blue
Sun born in the horizon and
about to fade in the horizon,
Both our heartbeats echo
inside of chest,
Shutting and opening of our
Your unkempt hair flying
Yellowish west sky.
Heart shaped fig leaf's shadow.
If I could stop this world from
I would do so,
Just to be with you
In this autumn evening.
Copyright © Kiran Bantawa | Year Posted 2013
Cold autumn swirls around the oak,
to blanket earth with curls of gold
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Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2014
there is a cool rain falling down on me
it wakes me from the pain of love's faded memory
we are in every breath of November's lonely air
all my days and all my nights we still do share
I still feel your love raining down on me
I wish in your arms I still could forever be
although our paths may never cross again
I will keep you safe within November's rain
within this cool November rain falling down on me
as long as i still live we will always be
in memories alive as we were before
I will love you darling forevermore
Copyright © Sandra Adams | Year Posted 2013
In a dream-like trance
We tread softly along paths
Lit up by flickering lights
We are holding hands
As we stop and read our names
Inscribed on the marble slab
*November is the month of the dead.
7th October, 2014
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Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich
Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2014
The Silence of War
Behind the Curtains of a church window
Men in Prayer, orchestrated by sweat and Lice
Find relief from snipers gaze
Beside the cross sits the last candle
Flickering precariously, searching for sanctuary from the wind
But the wick is near the end
And so are these men
The Harvest of War is almost in
For this is November 1918.
The German guns call like the song of the Siren
Irresistible, for only the dead will hear
New orders to cross the Sambre-Oise Canal
Another postcard for Historians to write.
Machine gunners scythe the ranks
Gone the Irish regiment, clover for the beast
I take shelter behind a splintered Oak Tree
Once magnificent, A survivor of Natures glory
Now a hideous spectre to man’s intervention.
I wait here with Wilf my captain
Waiting for death to find me
The mud beckoning for blood,
The Canal red like the River Sticks
A feed for tomorrows Newspaper.
A groan from wilf, his eyes start to dim
Fear brings the Lord’s Prayer to my lips
A last haven for my soul to cling
I watch his spirit fly away,
As the words fade from my voice
Like so many others on this day of carnage
Wilf, my friend, died November 4th 1918
Yet another contribution to this dark harvest,
Another soul for god to tender.
A statistic, a casualty of war,
To be remembered generically
A wreath to share with a multitude of lost darlings,
Another photograph to fade on the mantel piece
A piece of History for a grieving widow to dust
In the ranks of the dead
Angels count our losses
What dreams did we lose?
What voices were made silent?
What books were never written?
And how many tomorrows gone,
Lost in the darkness of death?
Under this oak tree, fading from memory
A soldier Wilfred Owen was taken too
Unspoken truth in unspoken poems
Silent to mortal’s ear
Another casualty of war
A feast of wisdom for angels to keep?
For His words were far too much,
for the hogs of war to stomach.
His poetry made silent by country’s shame,
Unpatriotic, not cricket old bean said the generals
Only now, through peace can we learn
The voice of one soldier,
How I pity humanity
For silence is a killer
Democracy, and justice its victim,
And the inevitable Silence of war will kill us all.
On this day November 4th 1918, Wilfred Owen killed in action, Sambre-Oise Canal, 7 days from Sanity
One of England’s Finest War Poets.
Copyright © steven cooke | Year Posted 2011
Cool winds turn cold as the winds stir from the north
The sun, the life giving star, heats the tropics so far to the south
Its warmth a distant memory to the lands that it deserted
Long forgotten greens of summer turn into the color of a raging fire
The fire dies and leafs that lived in the summer sun die and fall to the ground
The white silky clouds turn black and heavy carrying moisture from the open waters
The mighty lakes of the north turn violent under the fading yellow sun
Fighting the winds and the certainty of the fingers of the north freezing them
Rain turns to ice storm and them into the snow that children love
Mother Nature makes her changes as the speed of life slows
Baby animals, now grown, leave their family to explore their new world
Some settle down for a sleep that will protect for the three months of bitter cold
Others travel to the lands of their ancestors where the climate never changes
No one tells them to make such a journey
It is just the cycle of life that protects them and their young
But all the ice, the snow and the suffering will end
For it is November and November is a month of change
The changes will last until the spring when live starts anew
The ice and snow will melt and food will be plentiful
Green with once again color the trees, grass and shrubs
The animals who were babies in the fall return with babies of their own
The lakes thaw and calm in the spring’s gentle breezes
Life will return to normal at least until the winds of November return
But, at least for now, that is a world away in another time
And it is no longer remembered
Copyright © R. e. taylor | Year Posted 2011
All too soon the colorful spectacular disappears.
Under the soggy leaves, lies the dormant grass.
Too soon the blue skies have turned to grey.
United is the wind with cold.
Memories of summer slowly fade away.
Now we will wait for the snow.
Copyright © Brenda Meier-Hans | Year Posted 2014
An Arctic wind comes reaping the mild air,
breath hangs in clouds and grass hides under frost,
low morning sun soaks branches soon stripped bare,
boots wallow in the reds and golds now lost.
Chevrons of Geese head south for warmer climes,
ground creatures bedding down until the spring,
their instincts telling them it is the time
when nature's heartbeat slows, and no birds sing.
No kindness shown as autumn's laid to rest,
no mercy given, winter's blade unsheathed,
it's willing victim gladly bares it's breast
and falls, in pallid shades the land is wreathed.
Each year this drama plays, the rise and fall
consoled by distant promise, spring will call.
Copyright © Viv Wigley | Year Posted 2016
There is a field that we all know
That passed a torch where Soldiers go
Those that fell fought to the end
From that field they did ascend
To look upon the light relay
That made us free free this day
Rest in peace we do remember
This is done eleven November
In a field that's now a lot
Rows of cars I did spot
In the air a poppy blowing
Where I wonder is it going
Among the maple leafs that fell
This poppies color blended well
Lost it there but for a moment
Young child's find leafs bestowment
Conferred unknown mom what's this?
This my child so we don't miss
Small reminder Veterans that passed
So all can live in peace ever last
Copyright © Ronald Kent | Year Posted 2016
Remembrance of those
Served in the military
Special day for them
Copyright © Arty Rico Jones | Year Posted 2014
One Halloween night, I woke up screaming,
There were many zombies around me, all furiously staring;
With their burning red eyes, they were ready to smash my head;
When they pulled my arms and legs, I squirmed and jumped out of bed.
I ran to take my bike and drove it as fast as I could,
I knew they all wanted to eat me, so I thought of hiding in the wood,
While I was driving on the way, all I heard were growling sounds,
With disco music, it looked like a big celebration outside the grave grounds.
“Did they ruin the whole city?” that was a query in my mind,
How can I get back to take my shoes and see if my friends are still around?
On my way, I saw some female zombies walking with their arms stretched,
I tried to avoid them, so scared to see their faces that had been wrecked.
I’d finally arrived at the wood but with some bruises,
I got off my bike to relieve them with hoarfrosts on leaves and branches;
Suddenly, I heard strange sounds not far from the back,
I saw group of male zombies… so prepared to attack!
I stood, turned around and I could see them everywhere,
In morass, I convinced myself to stay alert… losing my poise…I didn’t care;
I ran to a long tangled vines and swung myself up to the tree,
Once I landed on a big branch, a large snake hissed at me.
“I would rather die being eaten and joined with those zombies.” I thought,
Than to be poisoned and strangled by a snake, I tried not to be caught;
I swiftly took branches to defend myself through an Arnis and Taekwondo,
Then, I jumped down back to the zombies with a messed up hairdo.
Everyone was coming towards me but I kept calm,
With my two crooked branches, I did my best not to be harmed;
Profusely perspiring… I courageously prepared myself,
When they were approaching, I wondered why a zombie behind was left.
As the darkest cloud revealed its full moon and the wolves howled,
I recognized the zombie at the back and I cried out, “It’s my Dad!”
All the zombies turned around and looked at him,
At the snap of my dad’s finger, they went away with him as one team.
“Wait for me, Dad, please wait for me!” I was then crying,
But they never looked back anymore, all their bodies started melting;
I realized that in a Halloween Night, even if it’s so scary it’s also amazing,
In the darkest of its night, an angel is still there for us--protecting.
Oct. 20, 2013 8.2o am
©2013by Leonora Galinta
• Arnis Sport/Jendo Arnis is one kind of a martial art sport similar to a karate
and taekwondo which is also called stick-fighting sport. To know more about
this sport and its origin, you can google it. ;)))) Thank you so much.
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Copyright © Galeo DS | Year Posted 2013
At the toes of bright
Colored socks. Up the legs
Of inky blackness on up to the
Stomach a sea inside.
Out to the arm delicately scarred.
Up to the chest now
That evergoing thump.
A heart. Go on feel,
Look you've got one too.
Gentle now, don't break it.
Up we go, up past the
Neck, the lips, nose, the eyes.
Now up to the head.
The roaring chatter of a single
Brain. Hopes, dreams, wishes.
Thoughts, ideas, feelings.
Yet none of it means,
Not yet anyways.
Breathe, feel, listen.
Copyright © Olivia Struthers | Year Posted 2014
The days of March are dark and drear.
In April rain clouds still appear.
By May the weatherman we cheer,
And June is here, and June is here.
July brings forth the perfect rose.
In August we take off our clothes.
September we must don our hose,
And summer goes, and summer goes.
October the cool breezes blow.
November brings a hint of snow.
December time is all aglow,
Bright gifts with bow, bright gifts with bow.
In January a deep freeze.
Small February is a tease.
Bold March once more will try to please.
Time to plant peas, time to plant peas.
Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2013
It's like the same ordinary day,
When pen and thoughts unite.
Muse and views haunt my mind.
This is a day I celebrate and write.
One year of expressing love,
One year of creating rhymes.
One year of friendship on line.
Counting more happiness to find.
November last year when I took a path,
towards serenity and blissful life.
The only site cradled me in storm.
Oh Poetrysoup ,my finest home.
Remembering the sweet comments one by one.
Numerous name came in and out then say goodbye.
But the memories remain here inside my heart.
And keep visiting pages of my dear ones.
A year of struggles and defeat,
A year I love to celebrate.
Thank you for the opportunities.
I learn to write and express my self.
Happy 1st Anniversary in Poetrysoup ...
One year and still counting.....
THANK YOU FOR THE VISIT. Til more poems to share with you dear friends.
Thank you Nette Onclaud, Anne Lise , Deb, Andrea , Vie , Aileen Ghali, Olive, Giorgio, Chuck, Richard, Dr. Mehta ,Sara Kendrick, Dr. Sharma , Verlena, Inner Whispers , Jake Ponce, and to all the Souper Poets who supported my poems .
The honor is mine to have you and to be part of Poetry Soup.
Copyright © Aiyah de Torres | Year Posted 2014
No other month dresses nature in such beauty of fiery colors
Or hears so much prayer in thanksgiving as the one in autumn.
Verses come naturally, blessed by bountiful harvest even as
Embers of Indian summer bring special memories with warmth.
Many songs are written as cold days approach and more will
Be born for the wonder of the cycle of life, as words we find
Embraced within the artist’s heart, happy with homecoming;
Remaining there not for long, words find freedom in a poem.
09 August 2015
Copyright © KP Nunez | Year Posted 2015
November misty morn
silence all around
Colors so vivid
sunshine free clouds.
Copyright © Sharon Gulley | Year Posted 2014
Others think my hair
needing a coif
when all about me the wind
through the fallen leaves…
red on gold,
substance once there,
cooked for hours
to fight the chill,
tang of parsnip…
that’s the visible crop,
while beneath soil,
for a strand or lock or two
of my being...
heart untied from children
to tap or zizzle a bow
what a jumble it all is
after the clean
soul is emptied
scraped down to metal
unwound into myself
as if a clogged pore
and I’m wondering...
is there is any
how I look
Copyright © Sheri Fresonke Harper | Year Posted 2013
"Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun
bring more happiness than daffodils"
Looking back through the years, and the springtime of youth
Rewinding old songs, ...filled with moonlight and rain
The lyrics, were branches, a mere fantasy's, spoof
How deep grew the roots, where my own truth remained?
In the autumn of life, when my thoughts might unwind
There's a thin thread of light, through the leaves of the years
The sun shines much clearer, as if by design
with rays of contentment, without any fear
We become who we are, by just reaching the bar
By climbing the branches, and surviving each fall
We may have been reaching for the moon and the stars
But to learn how to fall, is the point of it all
So wide were our eyes when we looked to those stars,
But each falling leaf, we can keep, ....to be ours
For Sara's Contest: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2015