Stephanie Street

Rookie (21/01/1977 / Singapore)

Falling In Leaves - Poem by Stephanie Street

The Experts, in remote wisdom, declare-
This autumn is the finest show
of colours since The Records first began.
I, with not a little fear,
observe (as leaks a burnt vermillion tinge,
bled from my tumbling heart,
to paint the world) the ivy, oak and cedar
are red in love as me.

I drift with trepidation – like a leaf,
seduced by gravity, makes from
a fast-disrobing tree – from quiet oneness
towards the flowing waters of
this seminal embrace. I cannot buck
its vertiginous pull;
It is beyond me, is entrenched within me.
Oh, how it scares the heart!

Are my gifts enough? They may not promise
like the tender, budding flower,
or shine with glory as a summer sun.
My petals are the fingers of
a hand that will enfold his, tease his many-
coloured strands of beard.
My only glory will unravel with
the seasons’ shedding skins.

We are not Spring lovers; not so prosaic
to frolic in dewy, verdant
meadows, or frisk like April lambs among
the banks of fleeting daffodils.
What we can do is crackle like the kindling
on a hearth; he showers me
in fallen leaves, and like a fur I will
cover him from the rains.

Comments about Falling In Leaves by Stephanie Street

  • Ernestine Northover (1/31/2006 1:08:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful write, so spellbinding. Glorious read. Loved it. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

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  • Lucy Burrow (1/5/2006 6:16:00 PM)

    Stephanie, this is a beautiful piece, for a moment there I almost was one of those leaves! Superbly descriptive and vibrant, but written with tenderness and feeling.... Just lovely.
    Regards, Lucy
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  • (1/5/2006 4:40:00 PM)

    I'll add my voice to the chorus of praise. A colorful and original poem, Stephanie. My favorite image is the 'fast-disrobing' tree. (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2006 4:19:00 PM)

    This is great, impressionist writing. The use of language is superb. The medative approach takes he breath away. And the whole way it is laid out is creative in exteremis. Stephanie you have taken a view of nature and interacted with it. Your portrayal allows us to do likewise.

    This is a masterpiece of creativity
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  • (1/5/2006 4:07:00 PM)

    wow, what an amazingly descriptive and well-rendered poem. ...a divine pleasure to read.

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  • (1/5/2006 3:36:00 PM) still my beating heart! Stephanie, this is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing this! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 5, 2006

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