13 Ways of Looking at Autumn Leaves

For Frank’s prompt at dVerse – imitating poetry. I don’t care for rhymes and rhythms so I am doing poetry ala Wallace Stevens

13 Ways of Looking at Autumn Leaves
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

autumn leaves float
on the surface of the pond
dreaming of summer
wind blows through the trees
rustling the leaves.
they become
an ocean of sound
an owl sails through
the night sky –
the autumn leaves sleep
leaves sunk to the bottom
of the pond
are the color of the eyes of deer
crows in the trees
cackle and crow –
the leaves fall in silence
blown by the wind
the lacy foliage of a cedar
captures an autumn leaf
cold wind causes the leaves
to shiver and shake –
bitterness under a full moon
leaves fall –
the branches are almost bare.soon, soon.
picking up an autumn leaf
all the colors in one.
under the fallen leaves
hickory nuts hide from the squirrels.
leaves like fallen banners
stick to the asphalt.
crows hop from bare branch
to bare branch – they enjoy the sun.
the last leaf clings to the branch.
snow begins to fall –
the last leaf finally lets go.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 18:11:59

    The Stevens 13 stanza form works well for you. Bjorn used this one too. Stanza 4 stands out for me. #13 is a strong close.


  2. Rob Kistner
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 18:25:26

    Excellent list poem Toni.


  3. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 18:37:41

    I especially liked number 7 with the cold wind, the shiver and shake and the bitterness under the moon.


  4. Beverly Crawford
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 18:43:39

    I love Stevens “13 ways” I recently did it with a tree. Your look at leaves is so well done!


  5. msjadeli
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 20:34:08

    Nicely done. #7 is my favorite.


  6. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 22, 2019 @ 01:41:44

    Lovely. This form works well for you – those fleeting haiku-style images are a real strength of yours, and each stanza would stand alone, but gathered together they resonate with each other and create something more.


  7. whippetwisdom
    Nov 22, 2019 @ 03:23:11

    Beautifully penned Toni, I especially love
    ‘picking up an autumn leaf
    all the colours in one’ 🙂💖🍁 xxx


  8. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 22, 2019 @ 07:19:46

    So many things to say about autumn leaves, and you found some beautiful ones.


  9. memadtwo
    Nov 22, 2019 @ 12:38:12

    Wallace Stevens, and this poem in particular, is a good source for inspiration. There are many ways of looking at leaves–I especially like 9 and 13. (K)


  10. Both of us can't look good...it's either me or the house
    Nov 22, 2019 @ 18:50:04

    One thing I love every bit as much as a single haiku is a series of haiku. And what a joy to have thirteen. I was going to enter an imitation of an Issa haiku I did the other day but changed my mind and wrote something new.


  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 23, 2019 @ 16:20:03

    I do love your way of using Steven’s form and made it a bit like Basho meets Stevens…


  12. purplepeninportland
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 19:44:41

    Excellent work, Toni! Nos. 4 & 6 are my favorites.


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