Defining Leaves Poem by Troy Cochran

Defining Leaves

I have had enough of pretty leaves
For one man's drizzling autumn.

I want to see the nakedness of grizzly trees.

I want to stand on bare, gray rock
Swept clean of all this commiserating letter, please!

Take in the scope of my domain
Thought robbed of my inheritance;

Open the windows of my brain,
Sweep out the thieves

And make an end of all religion;
Make and end of politics;

Make an end of worshiping
The flaws of other men;

Start again;

Be a law unto myself;
Be a god again...

And know the scope of what that mean.

Monday, October 30, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: autumn,divinity,october
This poem and the next, 'Extraordinarily Commonplace' (from 2008)are dedicated to the Rev. Sydney Morris, minister at the local Unitarian Universalist church that I sometimes attend.She once made a statement that I found to be very inspiring and intriguing, and now impossible to get out of my head:'My theology is based on poetry and music.'What a concept!

I tend to think of my poetry as a kind of ministry, with the subject of divinity at its very core, though (as this poem probably implies)I don't really fit well with institutional religion, or institutions of any kind.It may seem strange to dedicate such a poem to a minister ('make an end of all religion'!) , but I only mean that religion or spirituality is a deeply intrinsic quality in every soul, whatever we make of it collectively.At any rate, there it is.

For anyone interested, she has an intriguing TEDx talk on YouTube entitled 'Happiness and the Wave Particle Duality.'Check it out.(The rules don't allow me to post it for you.):)
Michael Walkerjohn 20 November 2018

Aloha Troy... Yoncalla? Some decades ago... Socal now... whatever! love this term! What is in a scope of work? What is in a comic book? And that book of books? Checking out the duality now... nice feed... All of the best from this life, to you, and all of your relations... Michaelw1two

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 October 2017

The way of presentation of this poem is fantastic. The beginning two lines attract more. I quote... I have had enough of pretty leaves For one man's drizzling autumn. I want to see the nakedness of grizzly trees. Beautiful expression, beautiful poem. Thanks.

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Troy Cochran 30 October 2017

Thank you, Kumarmani. This was how I felt at the ending of October in 2008, in another state. This October's ending 'leaves' me with never enough pretty leaves, ... and much less drizzly. Thanks for commenting. :)

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