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Ben Gieske

A Falling Leaf


In the multitude
between the cacophonies
of the world’s moods

there free falls
from a maple tree
with waving witnesses

a solitary leaf
the only from the
many arms of this
aging forest amazon

an appendage dropping,
descending, drifting,
sailing downward

from its height
to an umbrageous world
below ––––

a solo flight
its last and only journey
with earth’s gravity
to a mossy couch
below ––––

to be transfigured
into elemental structures
in mother nature’s
compost factory

architectured to be hoisted upward
through subterranean corridors
then erected in budded form

into a newly-Easter
arboreal quilted aparison

to awaken with the
luminescence of a
rousing sun

to flutter with the melodic
breezes of spring airs

to hear the distant
drumming of an on-marching storm

to pitter and patter
with dripping drops of rain

to once again be a leaf ––
one with the fingernails of a tree.

October 14,2006

Submitted: Monday, August 11, 2008

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  • Rookie - 150 Points Patti Masterman (7/22/2009 5:57:00 PM)

    Wow, great writing. The 'cacophonies of the world’s moods' has got to be
    my favorite phrase for the month. I have to take momentous poems a phrase
    at a time or I might just get lost..(not a bad thing either, in a poem like this one) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (7/18/2009 7:42:00 AM)

    Born again, a similar leaf, but born from the same life -blood and yet re-formed into
    something once again
    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , BEAUTIFUL *

    Excellent poem

    ...............................Take care
    ..............................................Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sameer Ahmed (6/28/2009 1:03:00 AM)

    A very beautiful imagery has been portrayed conveying many
    different themes. It can be considered as an aging process
    as far as humans are concerned with the elders passing away
    with new generations in line to make this world more fertile. Then
    if one considers the exact word to word meaning of the poem, it
    can also be conceived as it is a true phenomenon that olden leaves
    fall and they become the part of soil making it more fertile like humus
    and that serves as a good nourishment for the new plants. Then if
    we consider it as a human race then it is again a reality that old
    people they always leave behind a baseline for the young seedlings
    so that they start their struggle from the point left by their elders...
    A very inspirational poem with several meanings............. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 110 Points Ernestine Northover (12/27/2008 4:22:00 PM)

    What a wonderful explanatory story of a solitary leaf. The imagery is all there for the taking. Excellent poetry.
    Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 41 Points Meggie Gultiano (12/21/2008 5:20:00 AM)

    a great write and great imagery..Nice description from old to a new life. I love this line very much...'to pitter and patter with dripping drops of rain'..i remember my younger days, enjoying the splatter of rain.Thank you so much Ben for this wonderful treat.Love this (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Min Sia (11/28/2008 3:20:00 AM)

    Very poetic..fine imagery!

    I like the concept and how it is narrated! Words neatly selected...

    Truly a piece of art! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kesav Easwaran (8/20/2008 8:16:00 AM)

    a philosophical life cycle of a poor leaf maple...write, poignant enjoyable and masterly worded 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vilma Xelin (8/12/2008 7:49:00 PM)

    what a sublime way to describe the daily life Ben! You make me fall with this wrote! thanks for sharing! very sublime! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (8/12/2008 5:02:00 PM)

    This is a graceful and very satisfying poem whose stanza's drift downward as falling leaves. Even in their descent we are told of the promise of new life emerging from the decay of what has fallen. (Report) Reply

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