few autumn leaves float drift or fall here
our temperate climate sure does endear
narrow eucy leaves hardy without fear

but turning over a new leaf
or challenging our belief
can be tougher than old beef

plants and leaves readily adapt
to their environment that’s a fact
smart to follow their lead intact

ingrained habits can cause real pain
this uneven keel may feel a bit insane
but like each leaf we grow with rain

just as leaves vary in size colour and shape
if tossed about too much it feels like rape
fragile we become transparent like crepe

so rake those leaves all together
once fallen and drifted like a feather
burn them off to escape the tether

enclosed tercet, leaves, OctPoWriMo … thanks Punam for the inspiration!


  1. Kate, your message radiates for me. Autumn has always been a special season for me. Perhaps these weeks prepared me to transition into another cold, Montana winter. As for leaves, sometimes nature allows my rake to take a break. Thank you overnight wind.

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  2. An inspiring autumn poem, Kate. It is important to reflect, adapt, and adjust our course periodically. The wise words in your poem cover a lot of bases. 🙂

    The change of seasons is also subtle here, with few deciduous trees. Color change comes in December with red Virginia creeper, poison ivy, and assorted vines. Red maples grow in some Florida locations.

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  3. Perfect pairing of poem and photo, SweetKate!
    Love this poem! We do learn so much from nature…if we’re willing to stop, look, and listen. Your message is powerful and important…and even tho’ we all “fall” at different times/ways, we all land in the pile together and can help each other if we’re willing to help/listen. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤ 🙂
    🍂 🍁 🍃 🍂 🍁 🌾 🍂 🍁

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  4. Kate, this is a good reminder that we are all fragile, temporary, and in the process of growing or dying. You make a wonderful point that we are in it together and though different we are all the same at the heart – and looking to ascend!

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