Winston Edgar Hall

The Semester Begins - Poem by Winston Edgar Hall

The intoxicating aroma of an
Incoming Autumn contextually
Fastened to the College's new
Solidarity gives out a familiar
Embrace; a reception of our
Reluctantly eager minds.

The individual components of
Today work together and are
Apparent in their own right, all
Deserving an honorable mention
At the very best. Oh, such
Perfection our perceptions hold!

Topic(s) of this poem: autumn, college, fall, reflection, school

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

John Tyler in the Fall Semester of 2011 was written the same year as the title references, in attendance of my old community college whilst studying business. I was inspired as the new semester had just begun, and therefore was compelled to write about the scene at hand as I sat on a bench watching people move on a crisp fall afternoon. There is not much to explain in the first half of this poem as it is pretty straightforward, though the energy of the day and the beautiful sunset was not straightforward whatsoever. The beginning of a college semester, for me, has always been one of excitement and bustle, one of newness and being reborn.
In the second half, there is an aspect of human perspective and how remarkable each perspective is, given the different experience levels and knowledge each person remarkably contains. Then, given the intricate web of life and how we have been given the opportunity to analyze these situations in our own unique ways, only because the way of things have been tuned so perfectly so as to allow perception at all.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, July 28, 2017

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