Friday, October 14, 2011

Poetry Corner: Long Before Autumn

"The veil of confusion gently falls away, Like the dank mist on an autumn day. Revealing the path that lies there before me, To step forward or not, what will it be?"
 - Gabriella Goddard

Hello readers...

Autumn is in full swing now and I am reminded of a poem I wrote long ago about a special teacher that taught at my high school and passed away while I was still a student there.

He was a much-loved man who had great respect from his students. I never actually had him as a teacher, but even still, I had interactions with him and was greatly affected by his passing.

My high school: Malvern Collegiate Institute, Toronto

I wrote this poem, which was printed in the school newspaper. I share it with you all today.


Long Before Autumn
(for Dr. Charles)

All visions are a blur
Empty faces
A deadpan every place I look,
Floating like a single
Crisp leaf.
When will it land?
When will I fall?
A common fascination with something 
So dark.

We are the lonely.

But then comes an unconscious metamorphosis;
I am part of a chain
Without a clasp.
I feel both the warmth and the
Brutality of flames
From a strange and unfamiliar
Foreign fire.

Beyond the unfinished ring,
I observe.
Is that a smile I see?
May I pull down your young,
Bright, green leaf from its branch
And tear it to pieces?

But then I pause.

I cannot reach that high branch,
Nor do I want to.
I am afraid.
For sometimes those green leaves
Fall before we feel the autumn breeze.

By: Lora (Breakey) Rossi

Be thankful for today. 



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