This post was originally published eight years ago, on Sept. 14, 2012. Since this little blog has gained a great deal more followers than it had when it was first created, I thought this was the perfect time of year to share it again. Hope you like it!
I have to thank David L. Harrison for this posting. Last week in his blog, he posted a new poem (you can read it here) which reminded me of one I had written a few years ago about the same subject. It got me thinking about how and why we view things the way we do…
For instance, a group of one hundred people could all witness the same thing simultaneously – a tree, a sunset, a rock, a catastrophe – and each one would see it, feel it, and remember it differently (I’ve written a number of poems about this concept, actually).
A perfect example of this is to take a classroom of children outside to view something mundane like the lawn or the sky – nothing too exciting or stimulating – then bring them inside and ask them to write down one word that describes what they saw. You’ll get very different answers because each child views life through their own thoughts, interests, and personalities. We all do.
That’s what’s so great about poetry!
One person can look at a leaf caught in a spiderweb and think stand-up comedy (like David did) while another can look at the same thing and think death (hence, the title of MY poem).
So here it is; it’s a bit more narrative than I’m used to, but I wanted to relate the experience as a story as much as a poem – and even though I wrote it for adults, I wanted younger readers who may happen upon it to be able to understand the gist of what I was saying.
This was published last autumn in the Licking River Review, and now, a year later, with fall fast approaching, I suppose it’s the perfect time to ‘resurrect’ it:
On its gentle descent to the grave,
a lone maple leaf
in a spiderweb.
Caught halfway between
life and death
a tenuous existence.
Not wanting to complete
the leaf was satisfied
to accept this fate.
than the alternative –
and thick-treaded soles.
But as the days grew shorter
weeks grew long
and the leaf
dry and brittle with age
as friends and family passed.
a burst of wind
loosed the grasp of the web;
now free to fall,
– © 2012, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved
Janice Scully is celebrating the season, as well, with an original poem and photos from upstate New York – so be sure to head over to her blog, Salt City Verse, where she’s hosting the complete Poetry Friday roundup for today!
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