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Autumn Surrenders
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Melanie Harless


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The willow weeps small yellow tears.
The dogwood blushes crimson
at the thought of what is to come.
The maple tree, an orange chameleon,
tries to take cover with the pumpkins.
The sweet gum, in its coat of many colors,
dares winter to strip its stars.
The ginkgo holds back, then cedes
its golden ring to the earth.

Autumn's trees accept destiny,
know their sculptured branches
have a different kind of beauty†
to sustain them through winter.


© by Melanie Harless.
Used with the authorís permission.



Melanie Harless lives with her husband of 53 years in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A former school librarian, she retired thirteen years ago and, in addition to spending time with her grandchildren, she began to write. She provided a monthly travel column for a regional magazine for several years and her creative nonfiction and poetry have now been published in several anthologies and in online and print magazines. Melanie serves on the board of Tennessee Mountain Writers and is a volunteer trip coordinator for the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning.


Post New Comment:
Daisyshbirch:
Lovely lovely lovely !! The sounds of the ?sweet gum? and the ?ginkgo? with its ?golden? ring were positively delicious!! The sounds make these images alive for me.
Posted 10/26/2019 10:04 PM
Wilda Morris:
Beautiful images.
Posted 10/26/2019 09:05 PM
fallenribbon:
'a different kind of beauty to sustain them through winter' yes!!
Posted 10/26/2019 05:50 PM
Jancan:
This lovely poem made me smile!
Posted 10/25/2019 07:44 PM
hexpress:
this poem feels like going to a cafe for that one seasonal drink that you like and getting the last one available, then sitting in the window and peoplewatching as the second or third snowfall of the year starts sprinkling down. good show
Posted 10/24/2019 09:52 PM
irene:
Such a wonderful way to describe the things around us this fall.. the maple tree as a chameleon made me smile
Posted 10/24/2019 01:38 PM
Danny:
i really like the last line, it gives credit to the often unrecognized beauty of trees in winter
Posted 10/24/2019 01:21 PM
barbsteff:
Such spot-on imagery.
Posted 10/24/2019 12:02 PM
cork:
A lovely poem, and I like the ginkgo best.
Posted 10/24/2019 09:07 AM


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