Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

A Fallen Leaf - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A trusting little leaf of green,
A bold audacious frost;
A rendezvous, a kiss or two,
And youth for ever lost.
Ah, me!
The bitter, bitter cost.

A flaunting patch of vivid red,
That quivers in the sun;
A windy gust, a grave of dust,
The little race is run.
Ah, me!
Were that the only one.


Comments about A Fallen Leaf by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Gajanan Mishra (11/12/2017 12:14:00 AM)


    little race is run, good one (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/11/2017 10:01:00 PM)


    So wonderful read a poem on a Leaf!

    A flaunting patch of vivid red,
    That quivers in the sun;
    A windy gust, a grave of dust,
    The little race is run.
    Ah, me!
    Were that the only one.
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  • (11/11/2017 9:57:00 PM)


    A poem of profound meaning. Youth and love enjoy, perhaps without knowing the distant fate, which in spite of it's inherent sadness, may carry a petty thing to feel happy about too. Great write. Congrats for being the PoD.X (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2017 5:45:00 PM)


    Loved this poem so beautiftul. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2017 10:46:00 AM)


    wow! ! ! beauty, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (11/11/2017 10:41:00 AM)


    And is Wilcox talking of leaves or romantic relationships? This the richness of this little well-crafted poem. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (11/11/2017 9:01:00 AM)


    Lovely poem. Fall’s transient beauty is sad and mesmerizing both. A vivid reminder of impermanence. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (11/11/2017 5:34:00 AM)


    Soft, sweet and lucid impression to love the past. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/11/2017 4:28:00 AM)


    Such a fine poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.... (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2017 2:07:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem with lofty insight. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2017 1:53:00 AM)


    Oh what a poem I am indeed speechless.......thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/11/2017 1:08:00 AM)


    A grave of dust! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • John S (3/23/2015 9:30:00 AM)


    Wow, this poem succinctly sums up romance, growing old, and dying. I wish she would have elaborated on this theme a little bit more. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2014 5:55:00 AM)


    What a beautiful poem - full of depth. Striking images strategically placed, and used to bring about a superb end. I'm sure I'll be reading this one again. Thanks Ms. Wilcox. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (12/29/2013 8:38:00 PM)


    loved the emotion expressed through this poem. invite all readers to view my poem 'a fallen leaf'. regards to all readers. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 20, 2003



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