Crimson Leaf

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Crimson Leaf

Crimson Leaf

  The last red leaf
clinging to a bare winter’s
tree through endless days
of driven snow and
starry filled moonless nights.
What makes it hang on, so?

Watching through
a frosted pane of glass.
Red against white
and the
bleakness of an
icicled sliced street;
where passers-by huddle against
winters howling song.
Their cold breath
carries them away,
then the street is still,
like this life; like the weather;
like tomorrow.

The world has been frozen
for such a long time.
No warmth from
the pale January sun.

Only the soft glow
of summers warm girls
keep the
evergreen, heavy with snow,
at bay.
That, and the lake,
blue and wet to the lips,
the red lips of summer’s delight.

This winter has the
smell of over-ripe mangos.
A pungent, sickly affair,
where the fruit
still holds firm with
its skin of red and yellow.

And this room is
warmed by the ash
of a full moon.
Outside a lone sparrow
leaves its tracks in the snow
and disappears
as if in flight.
That’s what misery is.
It’s like a tiger or lion
ready to spring.

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Teardrops commented on Crimson Leaf

03-29-2010

never seen lonelyness discribed so . I can see all the colors and smells you discribe a walk in someone elses life . A truly wonderful poem thanks Marie

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.

Walt Whitman, American Poet (1819-1892)

79VETTE’s Poems (41)

Title Comments
Title Comments
UNOPENED BOOKS 2
THE EDGE 0
LOVE 1
SILENCE OF SNOW 0
MEMORIES OF A BLUE BUNGALOW 0
A TENEMENT ON JONES STREET 1
RED SKY’S IN THE MORNING 3
BLACK KNIGHT 1
SAINT ELMO’S FIRE 3
SUNDAY MORNING GUILT ENOUGH TO GO AROUND 1
NO MATTER AT $4.95 1
THE BOX 1
THE WHEEL TURNS 1
UP THE BLUE STAIRS 1
THE KISS 1
A QUESTION OF SLEEP 1
EARLY MORNING COFFEE 1
Crimson Leaf 1
A QUESTION OF YESTERDAY 4
3 A. M. 2
LOUIS 4
THE RIVER 6
FOUR POEM ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS 1
COACH 10 SEAT 12 2
In The Name of the Father 2
ECHOES OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT 1
MYSTIC DREAM 1
EARTHS BREATH 3
THE FERRYMAN 3
Winter Tide 3
SCARLET RIBBON 3
THE CROW 5
THE HOUSE & AUNT MILDRED 5
WINTER OF 33 2
Rain in a Tin Cup 4
PARRISH:CONFE
SSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
2
Crystal of Time 0
Invisible People 1
HOW I LONG 1
THE BOXWOOD TREE 2
THE EMPTY ROOM 3