Leah Ayliffe

Gold Star - 6,300 Points (June 8,1991 / Toronto)

T-Shirt Weather - Poem by Leah Ayliffe

I think it's the places I've been
or the people I've known,
that led me to find
I'm not alone.
For the first time down this road
it feels like me at summertime.
The eternal gold light within
ready to glitter, willing to shine.
It's a good life some have the luxury to live
drowning in sad song days,
laughing in a hot breeze, at ease,
by a poolside or under palm trees,
with echos that leave voiceless nobody's behind.
But the world was always a beautifully distorted creature, wasn't it?

We are the lucky stars who had a choice,
to do, or not to sharpen the mind.
Like electric diamonds, a spark for dark silhouettes.
I chose to fall, I loved to die,
walking under telephone wires,
pale yellow sun in the sky.
It's so gorgeous to pretend we are all that matters
dancing in your psychedelic souls glow,
waiting for the days to end.
A universal emptiness that has a dream to mend.

T-shirt weather, happiness is better

Topic(s) of this poem: life, summer

Comments about T-Shirt Weather by Leah Ayliffe

  • Kewayne Wadley (4/18/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing! Great read indeed (Report) Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (4/15/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    Behind this poem is a larger concept: there is a big either/or choice to make, or to ignore. There is no one forcing you to see the world in either/or terms. You're free to choose either one, or free not to chose. You take the tougher path, and have sampled both choices. One is the happiness symbolized in T-shirt weather; the other isn't as clear-cut, but it will entail further journeying and will not permit the languorous afternoons in the sun - not yet. Your consciousness has set up this threshold; you are still in a realm of freedom, on either side of the threshold.
    One side: bliss and relaxation in the sun; other side: the sharpening of the mind, the dance of the psychedelic
    soul. the shining diamonds - all these images of incorporating the brightest light within. Will you choose the external sun, or the internal sun?
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  • Kelly Kurt (4/1/2015 8:51:00 PM)

    An enjoyable read, Leah. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2015 1:34:00 PM)

    Magnificent! Making the choice to not sharpen the mind...perhaps the greatest of all luxuries...Such great verse...A 10. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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