“Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon” by Thomas Moran‘Autumn’s Dare’ by Cynthia Thornton Herrera The Society December 3, 2016 Beauty, Poetry 3 Comments Exhale swift, what crimson breeze; Amber crisp and fuchsia Colors adorn leaves on the trees Their coats of misty rouge. And clap, applaud with festive show Aware not of the scent; The musky smell of rot and woe Swoop, glide on currents brisk. Finger tips reaching for the ground; Zealous to make the fall. Release and drop, then earthen bound; Raining in spurts and spasms, float. Shuffle and huddle with old friends, Clatter with spunk, high-fives; Reunion of final amends, Starting gate to the end. Catch a breeze and on edge they roll; Frolic, gunny sack hops, Bounce obedient ‘cross threshold, Wave bye to ashen trunks. Cynthia Thornton Herrera is an English teacher and poet living in Spring, Texas. She has been writing poetry since a child. Having grown up on a farm in Nebraska, nature supplied her inspiration to write, and life experiences have continued to provide a relentless source of subjects. Her work has appeared in: National Poetry Press Young America Sings series, American Poetry Association anthologies, Beginnings, Promise, Inkling, Star Burst, the Phi Theta Kappa Nota Bene anthology, The Houston Literary Review and the Society of Classical Poets online journal. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Michael Dashiell December 3, 2016 I like this poem’s liveliness and energy that brightens autumn’s decline as a topic. I see also see you used a unique variation of the usual rhyming structure of a quatrain. The word choices are precise and original. Reply Ruth Asch December 5, 2016 Rich and varied diction here makes reading the poem almost a tactile experience. Reply Cynthia Thornton Herrera December 5, 2016 Thank you so much for your comments. This poem was written almost exactly three years ago when my husband and I went golfing. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day; just before the first major cold front moved through. (Here in Texas, our cold spells are short, and unless there is ice on the greens, one can golf year-round.) It was so quiet and serene that day; we had the golf course practically to ourselves. I had my camera and took several pictures, but while moving through this landscape and observing the sights and sounds, the words started pouring out. I did use an unusual rhyming scheme, but this is what came out from the first line to the last. There were sudden bursts of wind occasionally, and I really did see the leaves tipping up on edge and rolling; even hopping about all in one direction like they knew it was time to gather and move on. I just love nature. Best, Cynthia Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.