Coexist–dVerse Poetics

outside the window
branches of the maple
stir in autumn’s breath

emerald green and forest
cache vermillion leaves
complement each other

differences delight
need not disdain

Today at dVerse Poetics, Brian Miller asks us to consider bumper stickers. I’m not a bumper sticker person, although I hold strong-enough opinions on certain topics. I prefer to consider the wisdom of Native American Spirituality that invites us to honor each person’s Sacred Point of View. I have found richness in many belief systems and that has only served to nourish my own.

 I hope you will take time to stop by the pub at dVerse  to enjoy the company of fellow poets and their take on this theme.


33 thoughts on “Coexist–dVerse Poetics

  1. perfect message with simple lines, well done.


  2. hussyainy says:

    Lovely approach.


  3. Aurora says:

    Nice work. Really resonates with me in many ways. If you pin me down on spirituality I will always say “the Native Way.” You say why above and I say why, for me, on a piece on my blog somewhere. Love the Sacred Point of View and your work. Thank you for sharing.
    All My Relations,
    Janice (Aurora)


  4. A beautiful painting created by your words. Yes – differences there are and differences make a beautiful painting.
    Very nice, Victoria.


  5. laurie kolp says:

    Victoria- This is beautiful. I love the ending!


  6. leah says:

    So sweet and calming, great picture. so much beauty in this season


  7. Ah…the beauty of Autumn. I felt the peace in this one. Why can’t we coexist? Lovely poem..


  8. jenneandrews says:

    A clean and evocative statement here, delicately put yet with such powerful resonance. How true! xxxj


  9. Sheila Moore says:

    nature is the great teacher. coexisting for sure…


  10. Sharmishtha says:

    golden truth victoria, diferences quite often enchant, amaze, not necessarily dissappoint or annoy.


  11. Steve King says:

    The message is perfect. The execution is refined, intelligent and polished. I really enjoyed this one.


  12. Glynn says:

    We started out with the same bumper sticker.

    The natural and created world teems with diverstiy. Humanity’s usually the only part of it that tries to homogenize everything.

    Good poem.


  13. I like the idea of respecting one another’s opinions and beliefs. There’s always something to learn if we’re looking 🙂


  14. hedgewitch says:

    Adroit and well said. There’s plenty of room on this planet for different ways of looking at things to coexist, as long as life is respected. Also, thanks for sharing that comment on my blog–I admire those who can retain a sense of humor in the most trying times…and, it was funny.


  15. Morning says:

    rich autumn thoughts, enjoyed it.



  16. Ravenblack says:

    Excellent conclusion. I like how you brought it to that, taking from nature.


  17. Shawna says:

    Radiant, vivid coloring.


  18. Very nicely done. The middle stanza is truly exceptional, really embodies the concept here. Excellent take on the prompt, great read


  19. manicddaily says:

    Wonderful palette here–can feel autumn in the flow of color.


  20. tinkwelborn says:

    [ hmm. I may have posted this comment in the wrong place, so I’m putting here too. 😉 ]

    Autumn’s breath stirring the branches — good stuff.

    differences delight – Oh! so true! the beauty of it all.

    Thank you.


  21. Luke Prater says:

    so much here in so few words. Real poetry. Pithy, cogent, excellent


  22. I too enjoyed your approach to this sticker. As an optimist and open-minded pacifist I think we all have to work toward peace.


  23. Shadiatique says:

    I remember back in 2002 there was a TV program called “A call for Coexistence”. For me it was awareness and I needed it. That’s the same for your poem it’s calling for coexistence. You have my voice and I hope everyone listens without disdain . Nice words.



  24. Very nice, if only we could all learn to co-exist…. one day… maybe!


  25. the word bar says:

    Wow.. such a creative take on that sticker..

    really beautiful ..
    much enjoyed the easy flow of this!!


  26. claudia says:

    your poem made me somehow think of the song ebony & ivory …live together in perfect harmony side by side on my piano, keyboard oh lord – why don’t we..?
    love that you take nature as a reference here to make your point..


  27. Mary says:

    Yes, I definitely agree. Differences should delight not bring disdain! Well expressed.


  28. wellllll…..yeah….the leaves can coexist, and so can people of different races and color. i don’t believe that people of different religions can exist.


  29. brian says:

    nice…love how you came at this victoria…autmn is a fav..and i love nature…nice making your argument before telling us the issue….leaving us just to ponder…


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