Leaf Poets Leaves Past Poem by Terence Craddock

Leaf Poets Leaves Past

Rating: 5.0

an absence of but a year and a half
all is changed among these scattered
leaf poets friends; several more gone
of my favourite leaf poets those leaves
past spent fallen from tree top heights
seem to have fallen from poetry tree
more forlorn bare; gone now how leaf
they are was this part bitter winds covid

seasons change time changes dozens
of poet associates gone since January
2010 poet leaf faces in Autumn wind
life storms whipping branches or just
seasonal change so many leaves I knew
leafed for but a year or two will Spring

light birth new leaves uncurling growing
glorious rest green to fill gap gaping spaces
past leaves fall left in their own autumn
seasonal fading light time as I also left then
but my close leaf friends that whispered on
line to me in conversations in times of our
own choosing have failed to return in new
leaf leaving behind a space of bare branches

mourned in my contemporary evergreen mind
too many gone to mention for various reasons
in friendship remembrance I remember names
Eric Cockrel writing wonderful 2011 2012
Miroslava Odalovic writing enchanted 2011-14
Michael Walker writing culture 2014 until 2020

Greg Uhan deleted posts left 6 poems in 2020
recently I am not sure why so many old poet
friends left without trace in years 2021 2022
there is a sadness in no more reading poems
new by many past poet friends may there fine lines
still light exciting days in memory friendships

Terence George Craddock (Afterglows Echoes Of Starlight)
Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Split image from the poem 'An Absence But A Year And A Half: Leaves All Strange', by the poet Terence George Craddock. Written in April 2023 on the 8.4.2023.
Richard Wlodarski 15 May 2023

2) Some poets that I thought had left are still here. I know because they're still posting. Why they're choosing not to communicate is incomprehensible. They were my mentors! ! ! BTW, I think that Michael Walker is still here.

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Terence Craddock 15 May 2023

I checked on several old poet friends on my return, most had no activity. Michael Walker who I often talked to about literature, books, teaching, NZ etc last commented on 28 October 2020 and never replied to a message; a long time gone?

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Richard Wlodarski 15 May 2023

Terence, your poem addresses this subject very well. I too have missed a number of poets who were instrumental in facilitating my skills in poetry. I've tried to thank them through a few tribute poems that I've written for them.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 May 2023

Excellent poem..... loved it. Top score

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Terence Craddock 15 May 2023

thank you Dillip, a poem written to remember a few poet friends who have since departed, if we stay on site long enough we all have such poet friends, the poets we quietly message exchange in depth insight with

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Bharati Nayak 14 May 2023

You leaf through the memories old poet friends who have left this Site for various reasons. I too miss some great poet friends who have stopped posting here.

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Terence Craddock 15 May 2023

P3 winter bare limbs naked branches the sad fate in leaf poets departing before the spring new growth new leaf poets to enrich our lives

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Terence Craddock 15 May 2023

P2 in autumn the spectrum changing rainbow tints in trees leaves changing falling,

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Terence Craddock 15 May 2023

P1 leaf memories old poet friends freely gifted us uncurling leaves of poetic thoughts, a season of intriguing inspiring wonder written delightful words,

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Denis Mair 14 May 2023

'Leaf poets' is a poignant phrase. We poets value ephemeral things. We raise leaves to light; we grow in humus where so many leaves fell.

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