Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Season of autumn



morning fogs garden 
mulch of yellow leaves & 
bug-bitten blooms -
everything bows to autumn rain:  
trees, petals, even my words    
     


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a maple leaf falls 
on empty playground 
its descent, an arc 
 unsteady in cool breeze - 
sunset fills my eyes      





And in honor of Ghanian poet, Kofi Awooner who died in Kenyan shopping mall over the weekend in hands of the Al Qaeda linked terrorists, I was inspired to write this:

autumn never came for you:
your words are always spring
& rain & drumbeats of hope-
now the black birds are silent
& elephants are weeping a river 


Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight - Thanks for the visit ~  
Shared with Real Toads - Tanka poems 
Picture credit:  here

62 comments:

  1. Beautiful Grace and love the inspired piece.

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  2. Oh, that tanka in honor of Kofi Awooner is beautiful, Grace. Takes my breath away...thinking of those elephants who must indeed by crying rivers. Enjoyed the maple tree tanka. I have watched leaves fall like that (nice photo too)...and understand about the sunset!

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  3. It is a heartfelt tribute and sadly we all are left weeping, such a tragic, horrible act of injustice for all.

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  4. the tanka in honor of Kofi Awooner is so reflective of the poet's spirit.....the autumn poem is very nice too........

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  5. Three marvelous tanka... and the one in honor of Kofi Awooner is heart breaking.

    The favorite poem is the maple leaf. It simply melt on my tongue as I read it.. with that final line to close it. :-)

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  6. You've spoken to my deep love of autumn here Grace.

    And what a beautiful tribute to Mr. Awooner...

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  7. in the last one, there is a really great contrast between the first and second line...the autumn that never came yet the spring in their words...there is an awesome power in that...our words continually renewing those that are left behind....

    i love autumn as well so i like the imagery in each of these

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  8. Always bringing about a colorful act indeed

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  9. elephants weeping a river....love that... such a great tribute to him... and love how you capture autumn in the first one... so much beauty in this time of year despite the decaying..

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  10. on empty playground, its descent, an arc - I love this and it captures it for me, that feeling of re-birth and expectation of the coming glory. Really nicely done.

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  11. such beauty in each poem Grace... the unsteady fall, the eternal spring that rises from hope beyond tragedy.

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  12. While your first two pieces were beautifully done, I'd have to say the third, the tanaka is my favorite.>KB

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  13. Grace, I love your tribute..elephants weeping a river, beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful..and your piece for Kofi is sadly touching. Makes me sad that his words won't be shared again this side of eternity. Peace to you, Grace.

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  15. everything bows to autumn rain - it does seem so, doesn't it?

    and what a lovely, fitting tribute to Kofi Awwoner

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  16. I'm flirting with tankas vs. haikus these day; you given us 3 outstanding ones; brevity extant, but emotion at its peak; nice work & thanks for hosting OLN.

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  17. Oh, I didn't know about the poet who died. That stanza really got to me...and indeed they are all beautiful and give us the essence of the season.

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  18. Both pieces are so beautiful, Grace! I love the alliteration of the first stanza -- it is really pounding. And the second poem -- I was so saddened yesterday too to find that he was killed.

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  19. both poems are truly wonderful... the piece for Kofi esp tugged on my heart strings...

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  20. How wonderful these are. The first is my favorite, the bowing before the dance; but I also love the tribute/rememberance--all the words remaining spring with silent blackbirds and tearful elephants.

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  21. LOVE those beginning lines...morning fog....bowing to Autumn's rain...to the close with a maples leaf sailing down at sunset.

    Especially incorporating Autumn with your own hearfelt tribute for Kofi Awooner and drumbeats of hope.
    An awesome "poetry-Day" for you, Grace....

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  22. Love the closing lines of your first especially. That final one is so sad...a touching remembrance.

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  23. Very nice and true..."everything bows to autumn rain:
    trees, petals, even my words " Love the imagery.

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  24. Beautifully words put altogether with such an imagination you have. :)

    I love this poem of yours. :)

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  25. ..Hmm, slowly making tone of easy dance to lure nature! Good read! And may i say RIP to the Dead!

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  26. The tribute to Awooner takes my breath away!

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  27. Loved both of these. The first a wonderful welcome to a new season with such fantastic imagery. The second a poem to a friend whose voice to the world was lost way too soon. Absolutely loved the line " autumn never came for you," it says so much.

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  28. Such beauty flows from you and your last tribute piece is achingly and compassionately wrought. Excellent writing, Grace.

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  29. Enjoyed all of these..the tribute was especially nice..

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  30. Love the tribute poem at the end, and the two fall pieces.

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  31. Beautiful imagery, Grace. Painted with fine word//brush strokes! The palette was a given!

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  32. Wonderful poems Grace! And it's most tragic and a great tribute extended to the late Kofi!

    Hank

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  33. I enjoyed each of these. They are very spiritful and crisp.

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  34. I love your autumn images, Grace. And your third poem is a beautiful and poignant tribute to the poet. What a sad sad loss his death is.

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  35. Grace there is always so much power yet softness in your words and the Tanka written here are simply beautiful. I did not know of this Poet Kofi or his passing - so thank you. x

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  36. The third one moved me. Such a beautiful tribute.

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  37. Liked this line... everything bows to autumn rain...

    but mostly your tribute to Kofi... beautifully written.

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  38. Beautiful words to describe the beauty of autumn.

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  39. Lovely tribute to autumn and to Kofi...~jackie~

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  40. Beautiful, all three and a lovely tribute...very sad times indeed.

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  41. I enjoyed the falling maple leaf sunset best. (I think it's the focus on the very specific and then expanding to the sunset). Beautiful.

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  42. Thought I commented but don't see it....Beautiful poem and tribute ....x ~jackie~

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  43. Seems like you hit it in the head Grace. autumn is a season most people love for all it is, but in truth it is the season of death all around us.

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  44. As usual, Grace, your words are powerful. A tribute that would stand on its own. Fine work.
    Steve

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  45. I liked your poem and tribute to the fallen, timing is good.
    esp,ie While all the countries are playing pass the 'mike' this
    week in their practice of lies wanting world peace and who
    can express the straightest and most sincere lying masks!

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  46. Inspired by Autumn. Painted pictures savored for all seasons done by your tender touch.
    Cheers!

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  47. Your "Season of Autumn" is lovely and your tribute to Kofi Awooner is powerful. Two fine poems.

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  48. "....everything bows to autumn rain....beautiful
    thank you

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  49. Wonderful, Grace--new favorites of your. So sad --the last. k.

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  50. Beautiful lines...you always inspire me....

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  51. Grace these are all so beautiful. The last one tugged at my heart. Lovely tribute.

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  52. Beautiful tribute. I love the fall images you have created.

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  53. Ohh..oh how i love the sensations of fall..you capture them well here now..as I am starting to remember them again for the first time in over 5years...

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