Real Toads: Flash 55

Today at Real Toads we have a prompt from Flash 55 Plus to write a poem in 55 words – our choice of subject or, the Optional Plus prompt using the artwork of Erte for inspiration.  Follow this link to learn more of this prolific Art Deco Artist:   this link to read poem submitted by the poets of Real Toads:


Autumn Song

“Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

I went to sleep in summer
and awakened in autumn.
at night the cicadas clickclackthrum
rising and falling.
it is still hot, lord knows
but this morning was cool –
the day smells of dried grasses
and early fallen leaves clustered around
the bottom of the oak tree.
Autumn is beginning to stir –
to awaken.



24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. merrildsmith
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 16:54:43

    I like this–passage of time and changing of the seasons–one foot in summer and one in autumn.


  2. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 17:03:21

    Love the way you awaken autumn with your words.. sigh.. enchanting.. ❤️


  3. Sherry Blue Sky
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 17:13:36

    It does happen just that quickly. I love the “clickclackthrum” of the cicadas. The colours of autumn and the smell of fallen leaves make it my favourite season.


  4. Rommy
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 20:21:33

    Ooh, this is lovely. That bit of onomatopoeia is a nice touch.


  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 01:45:45

    I love both the language and mood of this.


  6. Kerry
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 06:27:57

    Such a beautifully full description in so few words. The transition is captured immaculately.


  7. Magaly Guerrero
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 09:21:36

    I’m so glad that I read your poem and Kim’s right next to each other… They are dancing the same healing tunes, the same sort of natural beauty that reminds us that life move circle and circle in order to go on. And the scent in the lines of your poem, the color of the leaves… are stunning.


  8. paul scribbles
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 10:03:40

    and suddenly we have left summer behind…feels like that here today…windy and autumnal.


  9. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 12:09:42

    Autumn is beginning to stir –
    to awaken.

    The reality of Autumn is beginning to show again! The season’s cycle bids itself!



  10. ManicDdaily
    Aug 06, 2017 @ 14:39:46

    Lovely images.


  11. oldegg
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 02:13:33

    Where most of regard autumn as the time to prepare for sleep clearly there are other that see it as an opportunity…and they are hungry!


  12. Marian
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 06:29:49

    It certainly is!


  13. kanzensakura
    Aug 14, 2017 @ 13:17:18

    This has nothing to do with my post. I am deleting this remark and banning you from my website.


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