Sunday, 14 September 2014

September's Fern

I was looking for that title
amidst a heap of old books
when suddenly those golden letters
glistened in the dark.
Switching on the light,
I felt the hard bound spine
ripping at the center
opening up to the folds
of an overused page.
Therein lay the frail veined carcass
of this perfect autumnal leaf.
Holding the framework of a fuller past,
it was fragmented with slashes of symmetry
with perforations as frail as
a spider's web.
Outlining the remnants, I drifted
back to the Fall of 2006
when I had moved to the United States
to pursue the passions of a geek.
September unraveled to a newcomer
like a bag of skittles.
With a promise of change,
of happiness, of love.
A motley of rust, yellow,
green, brown and red.
A crispy nip in relationships,
that would make me sing songs
and dance around trees.
I lifted that fossilized leaf
and held it against the sky
to sieve out stars.
Appreciating the current summer
thanks to that year's Fall.

*For An Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
** For 3WW
*** Photo Credit


  1. Love the memory you weave into the symmetry of that perfect leaf. Thing die and things live on, but memories is the path connecting what's alive and what is dead.

    1. Beautifully said. It's amazing how some remnants serve as a conduit between the past and what lies ahead.

  2. I love the remembrance from finding that autumnal leaf in the book ~ The colors come alive with the promise of change ~ How exciting for you ~

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your September Poems were a great source of inspiration.

  3. love the imagery and colors of Fall specially like sieving out stars through a fossilized leaf...beautiful..

  4. like a bag of skittles... so tasty and sweet- love it.

  5. It's always magical finding a forgotten story..more so when it is your own...I love the gold and the fallen leaves like a trail of words

  6. Yes! There is something about an autumn leaf pressed into a book that evokes such a sense of wistful've shared that well here.

    1. Thanks. It's always fun discovering old memories in the most unexpected places :)

  7. Such a fragile remnant of the past… I imagine it disintegrated - and you blew away the pieces. Which is the way it is supposed to be. :)

    1. Fragile indeed, cause if we clutch on to it too hard, we may not be able to move forward. Thanks for visiting :)

  8. History is September compared to a bag of skittles.

  9. Replies
    1. Thank you. September indeed is a beautiful time of year.

  10. oh, how great to describe what floods back when discovering a pressed leaf. love this. especially love "September unraveled to a newcomer
    like a bag of skittles." :)

  11. I get the feeling you are alluding to some personal history here, as well as to the deep, life-changing events natural to Fall and to reminiscence.

    1. Spot on! I actually moved to the US for a few years, and that is in fact how I met my husband :) Thanks for your note.

  12. Clever idea of using the leaf as a memory prompt. Beautifully expressed
    hopes and experiences.

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