Fall the scarlet leaves by Richard Bell


The breath of winter stings the morning air and chills the night descent
Growth is stunted by the tyranny
a failing sun resents
Longer than the eagle’s span
the shadows stretch to fray
Fall the scarlet leaves
a carpet of alizarin displayed
Undergrowth of blackthorn is
a barb to rival harshest tongues
Deciduous branch wept to bare the majesty is all undone
Charcoal streaks on battered canvas, skeletal and pitiful
Fall the scarlet leaves as nature bleeds, the fires wax lyrical
Darkness overwhelms the dreams of daylight in the autumn shed
Joy, that was frivolity in summer months, at roadside dead
Closed up to the elements are faces charged with grim reposte
The terse winds thick with vapour are a prelude to a gasping frost
The scarlet leaves are carried into circles as they dance the reel
A giddiness of children in the bliss of ignorance, they yield
To savouring the moment when their beauty captivates the eye
A shame the blaze shall soften pink when smothered by the silent white
Relish autumn russet, in its riches, scattered all around
For all too soon effulgence exsanguinated into grey and brown
Fall the scarlet leaves and be reminded in advancing age
That we should leave, as they leave, triumphantly
and not just fade away.


Original written poetry by Richard Bell

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