A Flare For Nature Poem by Douglas Nichols

A Flare For Nature

Rating: 4.3

When nature awakens from it's slumber
And tender buds Spring from a tree,
Leaves form to quench its deep hunger pangs,
Each becoming a little energy factory.

Various pigments in the leaves start forming,
Some more prominent and others not well seen,
Yellow from xanthophylls, Orange from Carotenoids,
And chlorophyll forming that which is green.

Chlorophyll is a specialized molecule.
It utilizes carbon dioxide and water both.
Then through a process called photosynthesis,
It converts them to oxygen and glucose.

This process continues
From morning until night,
And continues through the season
When there is sufficient daylight.

The chlorophyll starts to diminish
When the day length losses it's prime.
Colors in the leaves, masked before by the green,
Become prominent, and then begin to shine.

Some trees will vary
In the color they show,
Some show a mixture,
and some strictly orange or yellow.

The nights, they get cooler,
Fluid movement slows from the leaf,
Sugars left in the process,
Transform into another motif.

Red color the result,
Caused by an anthocyanin,
Which can transform to the color purple
When mixed with a phenolic pigment called tannin.

The Fall endures for a time,
In it's colors array,
Till another change happens
Causing the leaves not to stay,

For something then develops
Between the leaf stem and branch,
An abscision layer it is called
Eventually causing the leaves to detach.

The trees now left barren,
To endure the rest of the year,
And continues through just chillin
Till Spring buds begin to appear.

I am kind of a science nerd, and enjoy to teach people. I like to write some poems that answer questions about phenomenon that we witness thorughout life, but may not understand the process. What an amazing process God has put in place!
Ramesh T A 21 September 2022

Great interpretation on the activity of Tree!

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Clyde King 30 September 2022

Bri, it's not fair to criticise this poem without giving examples.

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Bri Edwards 29 September 2022

I gave 3 stars and would have given at least 4, except for the English errors, not all of which I mentioned. I DO like rhyming. bri : ) good luck!

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Bri Edwards 29 September 2022

Making 'its' the possesive form of 'it' is an 'exception to the general rule' of using an apostrophe followed by 's', as I would use in writing Bri's poem..

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Clyde King 30 September 2022

Bri, be clear when you critique. ‘It's' is a contraction of ‘it is' or ‘it has.' But the writer should have used ‘its' without the apostrophe because it's not a contraction but the possessive pronoun ‘it's.'

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Bri Edwards 29 September 2022

Overall, I like the poem and Poet's Notes, but you seem to have more of a flair for biology/biochemistry than for English. Too bad. It mght help some it you proofread or proofread more than once. Use care in your use of apostrophes., Twice you used it's for the possesive form of it;

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Clyde King 30 September 2022

Bri, you really get off when you others with faint praise and your judgemental opinions.

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Bri Edwards 29 September 2022

I say: 'motif' does not make any sense here (to me) , though it does rhyme. I avoid using rhymes on rare occasions when I can't find a good one.

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Clyde King 30 September 2022

Bri, do you know the definition of ‘motif' and why your comment doesn't make any sense?

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