Go in Peace


Photo: windagainstcurrent.com

Photo: windagainstcurrent.com

Autumn dropped by early last week,
flirted with the wind,
played hide-and-seek with the quail
sheltered in the spruce tree’s branches,
then finger painted the tips of maple’s leaves.
She jammed with the few remaining crickets
at their farewell concert then took
her leave again. But not before reminding
summer to make peace with dying.

Written for dVerse Poetics where Mary asks us to consider the subject of peace since today is International Peace Day. And linked as well to G-Man’s 55...it’s exactly 55 words.

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30 thoughts on “Go in Peace

  1. Ooh…I love the image of the maple leaves being finger painted. That’s what they look like! You are so adept at painting pictures with words!

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  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    The perfect 55. Enjoyed much.

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  3. Imelda says:

    Beautiful. 🙂 I love how you put all the elements together.

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  4. A gentle and beautiful expression of peace.

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  5. Gabriella says:

    Autumn has started in my part of the world too so I could relate to your poem Victoria. I like how you have portrayed the arrival of the new season and I too liked the closing lines.

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  6. Aaaahhhh, but isn’t it sweet that it mere sleeps, that it returns and fills us with warm cider in our veins again as will the Redeemer when we shall be called up? There’s beauty that sharpens & creates spiritually congruence in this poem friend ~ I can’t help but lather in its beauty !

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  7. What a lovely, gentle poem.

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  8. Myrna says:

    I like how you relate autumn to the wish of peace in death. i also enjoyed the word painting of autumn. Very beautiful.

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  9. Such a great poem! Season sometimes seem to pass not so peacefully where I live! 🙂 Especially love the imagery!

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  10. rudyan says:

    What la lovely moment you’ve caught here, in your poem – the beauty of autumn “reminding
    summer to make peace with dying.” Reminding us humans too, to make our peace…

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  11. kaykuala says:

    There’s beauty and peace in dying, a relationship not uncommon where pain is not involved. Nice thoughts playfully expressed, Victoria!

    Hank

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  12. Ah! So lovely and tender – and what a sweetly soulful finish:
    .’..not before reminding
    summer to make peace with dying.’

    Thank you Victoria With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

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  13. howanxious says:

    Vivid imagery… I liked the way you pictured the changing season and the ending was particularly adorable.

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  14. OMG. I so love this……..especially summer making peace with dying……..great response to the prompt, kiddo. Thanks for the title of the book of the 13 clan mothers, I will track it down!!!!!

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  15. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love, love, love this Victoria… one of your best!

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  16. adamsmurphy says:

    The word play and expression is amazing!

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  17. I love the playfulness of this piece, even though summer has to make peace with dying. Such beautiful imagery.

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  18. Glenn Buttkus says:

    A brave honest tidy 55 that makes my 955 poetic pale, immersed in the grandeur of seeking solution, finding the truth, reminding us that the truth in within & without, and perhaps has the simplicity of a colorful falling leaf.

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  19. Grace says:

    Making peace with the dying, we can learn from the leaves and autumn season ~ We are officially in autumn season, smiles ~

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  20. julespaige says:

    Nature is inspirational every day.
    Thanks for visiting my Sunday Whirl verse.

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  21. Susan Chast says:

    Stunning. Let go as the cycle turns. I will remember this, Victoria!

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  22. Love how you got peave into this woinderful poem… how summer make peace with the dying… Love the fingerpainting of the leaves.. some of he maple leaves are turning orange here.

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  23. This is just gorgeous, and escapes the horrid trap of trying to be optimistic about world peace.

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  24. Mary says:

    Wow, Karin, I really enjoy YOUR take on the ‘peace’ prompt. I do think that is one thing that autumn teaches us each year…the necessity of making peace with dying. What is green becomes red becomes brown. It is the way of nature; and part of the cycle for humans as well. Very thoughtful piece here.

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  25. brian miller says:

    we are into autumn here as well…i am at peace with it for sure….i am ready for the cooler weather…the brilliant beauty of the turning leaves…let the cool arms wrap me…in a bit of peaceful slumber…smiles.

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  26. ManicDdaily says:

    Ah – a very lovely idea here – thanks, Victoria. k.

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  27. claudia says:

    making peace with dying..oh she does it gracefully….beauty in her decaying…i like…

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  28. Tony Maude says:

    This is a different take on peace to the others I’ve read so far – very refreshing. I love Autumn as a character painting the leaves – what a beautiful image.

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