Kenneth Rexroth

(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982 / South Bend, Indiana)

Falling Leaves and Early Snow


In the years to come they will say,
“They fell like the leaves
In the autumn of nineteen thirty-nine.”
November has come to the forest,
To the meadows where we picked the cyclamen.
The year fades with the white frost
On the brown sedge in the hazy meadows,
Where the deer tracks were black in the morning.
Ice forms in the shadows;
Disheveled maples hang over the water;
Deep gold sunlight glistens on the shrunken stream.
Somnolent trout move through pillars of brown and gold.
The yellow maple leaves eddy above them,
The glittering leaves of the cottonwood,
The olive, velvety alder leaves,
The scarlet dogwood leaves,
Most poignant of all.

In the afternoon thin blades of cloud
Move over the mountains;
The storm clouds follow them;
Fine rain falls without wind.
The forest is filled with wet resonant silence.
When the rain pauses the clouds
Cling to the cliffs and the waterfalls.
In the evening the wind changes;
Snow falls in the sunset.
We stand in the snowy twilight
And watch the moon rise in a breach of cloud.
Between the black pines lie narrow bands of moonlight,
Glimmering with floating snow.
An owl cries in the sifting darkness.
The moon has a sheen like a glacier.

Submitted: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Form:


Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Falling Leaves and Early Snow by Kenneth Rexroth )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. [CW]Watch The Flash Season 1 Episode 11 .., Renz Barns
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Cacophonous eves, Priyanka Bhowmick
  2. MY SIMPLE TASTES, Hannington Mumo
  3. I Feel So Lonely/So Left Out Of It, Shalom Freedman
  4. Cliche, Rimni chakravarty
  5. Acceptance of peace., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  6. What peace accepts?, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  7. It, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. Wonderful world of peace., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. I Dare, H.M. Gautsch
  10. PH: Echo: Embracing The Future, Brian Johnston
[Hata Bildir]