October when shaded leaves pirouette and fall

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If the sun is in redbud leaves
and feeling mounts
the tapered stairway to the heart
then it must be October.

I, like silence that hovers between the eye
and cloud
struggle to make meaning;
must we adhere to unfed hope
when anguish in all its glory
succeeds to write a new chapter?
How is it that misgiving
becomes reason behind sleepless nights?

I sought to let go of pain
believing it to be wisp of white dandelion,
could the impossible ensue
so as to rule out others from its appalling taste?

Autumn, sepia toned
brings fresh sentiments to the mind,
as arms of trees extend
awaiting the promise of her dance;
perhaps life isn’t about desisting bruises
as one slowly treads along its path
but rather staring at the face of woe with a smile.

 

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Posted for ‘the Poetry Pantry’ @ Poets United

Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Poets Pub

Comments

  1. I love the October colours, Sanaa, and the ‘silence that hovers between the eye and cloud’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  2. I love that tapered stairway to the heart….and the trees awaiting the promise of autumn’s dance. So lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  3. HA says:

    This is so beautiful, Sanaa. I loved this bit: “I, like silence that hovers between the eye/and cloud/struggle to make meaning”.
    I had such a good reading experience traversing through your reflections and introspections β€” pain is something that we can let go only in an arbitrary sense, perhaps no one can forego its “appalling taste”. The closing realization made me “smile”. πŸ™‚ <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it! ❀️

  4. Mary says:

    You have captured the heart of October in your poem! I love “awaiting the promise of her dance.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  5. gillena says:

    Your opening stanza is so elegant. I could sense the welcome of October as she climbs the staircase

    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today Sanaa

    MuchπŸ’›β€πŸ’›love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

      MuchπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›love

  6. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I think every season has it’s own beauty… and in the end it might be to look at scars and bruises saying:

    “This was a road well taken”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Bjorn ❀️

  7. There is power in that final smile, in that bright understanding, in knowing that life is what we make it… And yes, in change, too… because I can never think of Autumn without thinking “change” and rebirth…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  8. Susan says:

    Sad, I think, to need to wait through the passionate colors of autumn to find “Autumn, sepia toned” and a new perspective. I think winter allows that, though, allows a restfulness to ease the passions and disappointments of the heart and let the blessings rise.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Susan ❀️

  9. Rommy says:

    There is so much wisdom in those last three lines

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  10. Chrissa says:

    From the grace of the opening paragraphs to the acceptance of the dance toward the end, this was a lovely write.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chrissa πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  11. ZQ says:

    Beautiful, Your first stanza was creative excellence.
    ZQ

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, ZQ πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  12. Wendy Bourke says:

    This is an autumn treasure – a delight to read in the season of sun ‘in redbud leaves’ … and – as always – a brilliant close.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  13. Old Egg says:

    How beautifully you wrote this Sanaa. The only thing that perplexed me was the last line “but rather staring at face of woe with a smile” until I remembered a smile was a comfort for children telling them all was OK.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  14. Thotpurge says:

    then it must be October… the opening verse draws the reader in.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  15. Beautiful images and fascinating reflections. I particularly love ‘the tapered stairway to the heart’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  16. dsnake1 says:

    exquisite poem, Sanaa!
    such a delight to read. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lee San πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  17. Toni Spencer says:

    I loved the colors in this and the tapered stairway to the heart. Beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  18. My favorite line:

    the tapered stairway to the heart
    then it must be October.

    Everything about this poem is fantastic and filled with colors of poetry inspiration. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Charlie πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  19. this has to be an all time favourite Sanaa – love the unanswered questionings and these lines
    “to let go of pain
    believing it to be wisp of white dandelion,”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Laura 😍 so glad you liked it! ❀️

  20. HA says:

    This has become even better with the second reading β€” I love this flow of “fresh sentiments” resulting in this thoughtful reverie, with a perfect closing.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ for visiting my poem for the second time ❀️

  21. This one sings and zings, combining your emotions with the inexorable change of the season. I like your take on the trees opening their arms to Fall. There is something almost hedonistic about the partied frenzy with which the chameleon leaves furiously dance with the wind until they are exhausted and drop to the ground.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Glenn πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  22. Dorianna Ric says:

    ” rather staring at face of woe with a smile” like this line…to stare at woe with a smile such a nice thought. Your autumn imagery is lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dorianna πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  23. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description of October in that first stanza.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  24. Grace says:

    May autumn be a fresh new start for you Sanaa. Write a new chapter. Have a good weeknend.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  25. V.J. says:

    How the seasons are so intimately tied with emotion. I felt this stir inside of me. Loved the” silence that hovers between the eye and the cloud”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much V.J πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  26. Vivian Zems says:

    Awaiting the promise of dance…..these words relating to trees’ branches is sublime, as is the entire write

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  27. You bring an interesting perspective. It is very easy to get bogged down in our bruises instead of living in the hope that things will be better.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  28. What a poignant poem! And I love your conclusion, that life is about “staring at face of woe with a smile.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Abigail πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  29. ayala says:

    Beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  30. lynn says:

    October mirrors life…with it’s smiles and bruises. A perceptive write, Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lynn πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  31. kaykuala h says:

    perhaps life isn’t about desisting bruises
    as one slowly treads along its path
    but rather staring at face of woe with a smile.

    Brilliantly described of Autumn happenings Sanaa and a great closing!

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Hank πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  32. gina says:

    i love every word you crafted this piece of delightful poetry Sanaa! the words flowed and soothed and also stirred the heart, “tapered stairway to the heart” was divine!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gina πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

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