Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another leafy poem for autumn


Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at Cathy Mere's blog, Merely Day by Day.  Thanks Cathy!

          Earlier in the week I spent several hours outside on another beautiful autumn day, playing with photographing leaves falling, playing 'gotcha'.  Since then more leaves have been blowing around, falling, swirling, whirling-verb lists grow! I posted one photo I loved on FB, and now have written a second poem about it, too. I realize many of you have seen the picture, but it is such a lovely look, different than my other leafy pictures. I'm not tired of leaf poems yet, are you? I'm still discovering new, wonderful ones. See you here next week on Halloween!



Confusion 

in the garden.
Christmas popped in too soon.

The wind blew leaves to decorate 

the spruce.
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved


        Since you have one week left before Halloween, 
I want to give a shout-out for Charles Ghigna's Halloween Nights, Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems, illustrated spookily by Adam McCauley. I've had a great time recently sharing the poems with all ages.  If you don't have it, you should! I've already reviewed it, but wanted to tell about it again this week.

39 comments:

  1. What a fun poem! Confusion is exactly the right word. The leaves are whirling and swirling here, too, Linda, but I haven't seen them decorate a tree like the one in your photo. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Catherine. I loved the way the tree ended up nearly covered in beautiful leaves, had to write about it.

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  2. I saw your pic on Facebook and I thought it was so interesting how the leaves got caught up that way. I'm glad it inspired you to write!

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    1. Thanks, Diane, the wind did all the work that day!

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  3. Confusion is the perfect word to describe this photo. Nice job, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Doraine. It looks like a Christmas tree, & still the leaves are hanging on.

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  4. What a refreshing take on the leaves falling from trees poems. :) Lovely -- been enjoying all your wonderful leaf photos, too !!

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    1. Thanks Jama, I think I am mesmerized by them. Those trees in the back are nearly bare, but in my front, still hanging on. Guess we'll have to wait for winter storms to take them.

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  5. I love this! I don't think I've ever seen that phenomenon. Now I wonder why not. I'm going for a walk later. I'll be looking for leaves on the pines.

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    1. I bet you'll find a few. I also guess it has to be the wind going the right way, & the tree fairly open. Thanks, Liz.

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  6. That is a striking photo, Linda. The autumn leaves look so bright against the muted spruce branches. Hey -- your poem is shaped like a little evergreen tree!

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    1. You are so, so observant, Laura. I wondered if anyone would notice. Thank you.

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  7. I love this picture, Linda! Keep the leaf poems and pictures coming. Since I don't get to experience autumn in the traditional sense here in the desert, I love living vicariously through friends around the country. Thank you!

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    1. Ha! I love feeding your vicarious needs, Bridget. Thank you!

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  8. Great pic! Great poem, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing the Halloween poems. Here's a little video that goes along with the book, if you're interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5dHj_hTdKo

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    1. You're welcome, and thank you, too. Will love it, I'm sure!

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  9. Never too tired of leaf poems, Linda! Your beautiful photo is certainly worthy of two poems and quite possibly more. Especially like the way you set the stage with "Confusion/in the garden."

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I may have to enlarge this photo and frame it. I guess you can tell I like it!

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  10. I love leaf poems, especially this early peek toward Christmas. I have the Charles Ghigna book in my stack for read aloud at our church Trunk or Treat party for Saturday. Charles is one of the featured poets in the Poetry Box. Time for me to sort through the stack and pick the ones I want to share.

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    1. Oh, love hearing about Charles' book. It really is fun, & now the video! Thanks, Ramona, hope you had a wonderful 'poetic' day!

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  11. So glad that you came back to this photograph, Linda, and in such an inventive way, too!

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  12. Linda,
    That picture is gorgeous! Love the title of your poem. I'm sure the spruce enjoys being a little dressed up every once in awhile.

    Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Glad you enjoyed the photo!

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  13. Fun photo and accompanying poem!

    AJ dug up a little 10 inch pine that was growing in a scrap of bare ground between the foundation and the AC unit. He put it in a pot and moved it to the front garden bed, joking that it could be our Christmas tree this year. When the oak deposited an acorn into its small arms, voila! Our Christmas decorating was already complete, months ahead of time! Not as fancy and colorful as yours! :-)

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    1. What a story, Mary Lee. Now I'm looking at evergreens whenever I walk somewhere to see if they are decorated. So far, none! Thanks.

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  14. That is a fantastic photo--so full of possibilities, and you pulled off a great one. Thanks for the mention of Charles's book--hadn't seen that one!

    And no, I never get tired of leaf poems! Behold the world is new again...

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    1. Thanks Heidi. I think your young students will love Charles' poems.

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  15. I love your Autumn Christmas photo! A perfect Halloween Christmas tree. And I'm headed to TC today to see if I can find the Halloween poems so I can use it next week.

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    1. Terrific! One of these days, we need to get together again. Perhaps some cold winter day! Thanks, Carol.

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  16. This photo has now inspired two poems. Thanks again for taking the choka challenge. We don't have much in the way of swirling leaf fall. Our trees are still green. I have huge cypress trees in my yard that produce quite a brown needle blanket later in the year. I love seeing true fall pictures.

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    1. And I enjoyed writing your choka too, Margaret. What a fun week of autumn! Still, I'd love to see your beautiful trees, too. Thank you.

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  17. Great picture, and great poem, Linda. I love "Confusion in the Garden" -- I think it sounds like the title of a novel. :)

    I don't think I could ever tire of anything about autumn. I love it.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. our autumn has been amazing this year. I spoke to my brother in Missouri & he says the same thing. We have a little cold coming next week, then back warm again. Confusion In The Garden, um-m-picture book or torrid romance?

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  18. Confusion fits this perfectly. Great photo.

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  19. Linda, this poem is very clever. I love the connection to the photo-what a visual. I bet your students really enjoyed this poem/pic combo.

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  20. Perfect image! Thanks so much for sharing, and I like the way you overlapped the seasons. And thanks for the heads up re. Charles's new book; will have to track down.

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