As They Fall

Some leaves
slide silent
down the
cold chute
of autumn.

Some leaves
swing to and fro,
making a dance
of dying.

Others crash
through the foliage,
clawing the bark
as they fall.




12 thoughts on “As They Fall

      1. Kijo

        You write a lot of poetry, so I’ll ask your opinion. I read so much, and I sometimes worry that some phrase I read somewhere might slip into my own work, like now I’m wondering if I haven’t read “cold chute” somewhere somehow, and forgotten, and I’ve trashed one poem I’ve written for such reasons. Do you ever deal with this?

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      2. percolatingpoetry

        As poets, we borrow phrases, inadvertently or otherwise, because they stimulate something within us. What you experienced, every other poet experiences at many points throughout their writing journeys. In my own personal cases, when I write something that sounds familiar, and it bothers me, I simply acknowledge that I grabbed the phrase form some place deep in my mind or borrowed it from some other writer. In essence, I believe it is a subtle way to pay homage to other writers. And, let’s remind ourselves, that unless a phrase or term is trademarked, no one really owns it. A cold chute could be the vessel through which ice flows in an ice factory πŸ™‚

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      3. Kijo

        Ha ha! What a wonderful reply: humorous, humble, incisive… I ran out of h-words.

        So, poetic resonance, rather than poetic robber? That sounds reasonable. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      4. percolatingpoetry

        Ha, love it! ‘poetic resonance’ – you better use that before i, ahm, erm, borrow it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You are most welcome, Kijo πŸ™‚

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  1. This makes me think of the journey of our lives as they come to an end. I can’t decide which I prefer. I almost want to ‘crash through the foliage clawing the bark as I fall’ but the silent slide down the cold chute sounds so peaceful and elegant.

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