copyright janet m. webb

The first leaf fell today,
	lacking even grace of color,
to lie quiescent on the sidewalk
	‘til wind-blown travel claimed it.
Soon millions more will throw themselves
	to willing death,
flaming brightly before reduced to
	crackling beneath feet in futile protest.

Days grow shorter, nights stretch longer,
	nights where passion once flamed brightly,
now passing also into death,
	unwilling on my part,
	kamikaze-like on yours.

The fire that now burns
	devours all the love
	and leaves not even embers
	that soft breath could coax back to life.

Autumn's harbingers
Lie dying before my eyes
Love once green now dead
  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful Janet! Happy fall! Our colors haven’t really changed much yet. Another week I imagine.

  2. I love the way the picture had such great depth and perspective – like the poem.
    “Soon millions more will throw themselves to willing death,”
    Great line.
    (Pray for Catalan – and for the human species in general to regain sanity)

    • And for Las Vegas as of last night. Just unbelievable.


      • Maybe we do need tanks to go to concerts and the mall these days…de-evolution has arrived.
        (What? The shooter was known to the police? Did someone finally actually put LSD in the water supply like they always worried about in the 60’s? Something is going on)

      • I haven’t seen that the shooter was known to the police, but the problem is that even if he was, there’s not really anything they can do about it. They can’t assign an officer to watch all the people known to the police and they have to have probable cause for whatever they do.

        My own feeling is that there are just not as many societal restraints any more. Not that people advocate going out and killing people, but right and wrong seems to have become blurred in all too many cases and common sense isn’t at all common any longer.

      • Yep. All true. Without an understanding of value of life, empathy, and basic right and wrong “you don’t do that because you just don’t”, we’re done. No regulators anymore: whether it’s religion, philosophical, protecting the family’s name, or simply respect for the laws society has decided upon. Civilization can only function when everyone agrees to follow the rules – and there are harsh consequences for not doing so…and no excuses accepted.

  3. Lenore Brashear says:

    Fall seems to be a time of remembrance with a bitter-sweet feeling. check out the Cowboy Poetry by Bruce Kiskaddon “When They’ve Finished Shippin’ Cattle inn the Fall” on Cowboy I couldn’t figure out how to forward it to this blog but it resonated with your poem.
    Lovely poem, Janet.

  4. Strongly sentimental and a tribute to the season that steals our hearts. Well done.

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    Very moving in words and image, Janet. The low level shot is very effective in all sorts of ways – physical and metaphorical.

  6. I applaud your writing skills. 🙂 I did some deadheading today and was surprised at how many leaves are down.

  7. Wow.

    very powerful piece, wonderfully written, enjoyed the themes of love and death, the singularity of feeling and yet the realization that the multitude (“Soon millions more…”in the fifth line) will be going through the same thing, the irreversibility and inevitability – without your resorting to the use of seasonality and the saving grace of renewal come spring, which I appreciate your not having done that.



  8. restlessjo says:

    Beautiful, Janet!
    What gets into people? I have no idea…

    • Jo, I can’t imagine hating anyone or being in so much despair that I would want to kill people I don’t even know in this sort of violence. It’s sad that so many people now feel this way and feel it’s OK to act on it.

      • restlessjo says:

        I hate the way the media dwell on every last detail. And that sanctimonious president! No words…

      • I’ve found that the responses to the President’s responses are even worse: full of vile language and hate for both him and anyone possibly having supported him, saying that GOP supporters/conservatives deserve being killed, etc. It’s a no-win situation that continues to escalate. I wish people would shut up and get to work getting to know their neighbors, helping people in need, etc. That’s where change happens.

  9. teandpaper says:

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  10. PKreation says:

    Beautiful poem Janet, there is an emotion, which will touch many hearts.

  11. Hammad Rais says:

    No signs of fall here, so lost in this snap I’m 🙂

  12. Lovely poem Janet! The colors are beginning to change here now.

    • Thanks, Deborah. There’s been some change here, but not much yet. Right now, I’m happy because it looks like in the next few days we’re going to get some much-needed rain!

  13. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful, and very moving Janet. Both words and image.