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Autumn Again


The colors of AutumnSome of the leaves are a

Lip-pursing, sour-apple

Yellowy green, so tart

I can almost taste the

Sharp crisp bite as it

Implodes on my tongue,

Leaving my taste buds

Dazed and aroused and

Waiting for the next, almost

Painful, burst of flavor.

There are the trees with their

Leaves of red and orange,

Standing like flaming

Sentinels, spearing into

The blazing blue

Of the autumn sky.

Oh, how can I survive

Such burning beauty,

Season after season,

And not lose my hold

On reason, my sweet reason.

The smoke from the pyre

Of roasting leaves

Perfumes the air and

Brings back memories

From all the autumns

Of my days,

As I add another

Brightly-colored memory

To the story of my years.

Author: Melody J Haislip

I'm either a transplanted East Coaster or a born again West Coaster. My heart kept pulling me toward Oregon, and when I followed it I found my dream, which I am living daily. My dream of becoming a writer has come true as well. I am in the company of people who speak my language, and the sense of community is healing hurts I didn't know were there. I am very grateful for my enormous good fortune.

15 thoughts on “Autumn Again

  1. Definitely my favourite season, and you have done it justice here Melody. Hope to see a winter one soon as well.


  2. That winter one was a bit too tense actually but the ending was nice.

    Here’s my winter poem

    In Scotland
    It’s winter
    Autumn never arrived
    It’s freezing
    No change
    From the rest of the year then
    But dancing keeps the cold at bay


  3. OMGosh, one of the saddest movies I’ve ever seen. The ending still haunts me.

    I liked your winter poem, too. I don’t know where mine came from, but I love it when they sneak up on me like that one did.


  4. It’s one of my favourite films. Will keep an eye out for this years winter poem…hopefully the weather will stay good though and you won’t have to write it for a while yet. I do like the cold though.


    • This is such an invigorating time of the year, and I love the way the chilly air hits my face early in the morning. I’m in no hurry for winter either!


  5. Let’s not talk of winter just yet. Let’s enjoy the reflection of the autumn light while it is still with us! Beautiful, beautiful words, mum. Let go of your reason now and then! It will still be there when you get back, I promise! I love you in all of your yellows and reds and golds! X. -H


  6. My Heather Girl! Thanks for stopping by. No, I’m not ready for winter yet either. Autumn here has been so beautiful this year. Great weather for marching! LOL! I’ll set my reason free. If it’s truly mine it’ll come back ~ that or I’ll be un-reason-able. [Gosh I can’t believe I said that!] 🙂


  7. Melody, this is simply beautiful. You truly have honed your poetic skills and this presentation is one to be enjoyed again and again. I enjoyed Garry sharing the clip from Midnight Cowboy too. What a film! It is snowing here today….


    • Cher, it’s cloudy and cool here today. Portland’s mild weather was one of the big deciding factors when I was searching for my new home. Snow, yuck! Thanks, and I’m glad you liked my poem.


  8. I just adore the way you describe the colors. Amazing interpretation and blending of the leaves. When you rake … you pile up such beauty!



    • LOL, Theresa. One of the nice things about apartment living is Not having to rake! In fact, the maintenance people don’t rake either, they blow the leaves away! Merci du compliment, Madame!


  9. What a splendid and vivid poem Melody! I also love the colorful photo you chose to represent fall with its stunning colors. Beautiful indeed. 🙂


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