Saturday, 18 September 2010

Autumn Dreams: A Poem By Pete Marshall


Autumn Dreams
A Poem By Pete Marshall

The winters chill is drawing near
As wind whips through my tired bones
The furnace sparks and flares alight
The conkers placed around the home

The cobwebs hold a magic charm
As morning dew paints crystal scenes
The spiders knocked but cant get in
And lanterns glow in darkened dreams

The candy taste of trick or treat
That warms the mouth of innocence
Yet baptised souls will better fare
From witches spells and temperaments

And portals lay as weakened paths
When all who’ve gone can walk again
We pray their souls are one with God
So Man can walk once more with men

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Autumn is my favourite season for so many reasons, and having enjoyed the plethora of poems we have received for our first competition I couldn't help but want to join in.

With Autumn comes colour, cold, fresh mornings, conkers, my wedding anniversary and Halloween. Halloween is in fact a celebration of the dead...a time to remember those that have passed..a festival that we now celebrate on 11th November and call Remembrance Day.

I hope you enjoyed my celebration of Autumn?

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image courtesy creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/sis/


24 comments:

Beachanny said...

Beautifully descriptive poem and it feels natural. I really like how throughout you bring in the All Souls aspect of the season bringing it home in the last stanza with "Man can walk once more with men." Excellent! (Lucky for me you weren't eligible for the competition.. :)

kkrige said...

I really enjoyed this poem Pete. It captured many of the feels, sights and sounds of Autumn. The second stanza was my favourite I believe; whimsically magic & perfect.
I too wrote about the beauty of fall just a few days ago. My tribute is here;
http://krigek.blogspot.com/2010/09/changing-of-seasons.html

Maureen said...

A charming word picture of "magic charms" and "cobwebs" and a nice turn from lighter fare to "baptised souls".

annell said...

Very sweet....Thank you.

dustus said...

Smooth lines to a great write! "The spiders knocked but cant get in
And lanterns glow in darkened dreams"
tight write! cheers

n. davis rosback said...

oh! let's play conkers! i've never done that before.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Beautiful All Hallows rememberence

The Autumnal transition is my favorite time.

Rene

signed...bkm said...

Lovely Peter...I love the All Souls aspect too that you added to the season....bkm

Brian Miller said...

ah my favorite season pete....really like your close...man walking wiht man...nice touch...

Victoria said...

Yo Pete, love this! Nice! Greetings from Spring, btw... V

moondustwriter said...

I love the memories you evoke through your poem. Never read a poem of yours I haven't loved - including this one!!!

Pete Marshall said...

thanks beachanny..wouldnt have won..i didnt do it in 20 lines...

thanks kkrige..checked your out too...isnt it a great season to write about

hi maureen and thanks for enjoying it

Pete Marshall said...

thanks annell

cheers dustus....dont know if you know this but we lay conkers all around the windows etc in the house as it stops spiders coming in..hence those lines

cheers pete

Pete Marshall said...

hi n.davies...conkers is great fun!!!

thanks rene....

Hi BKM..couldnt miss out on that part..cheers pete

Pete Marshall said...

thanks Bri....

hi victoria...yeah cheers for that but it works both ways..as you start getting cold heck we will be feeling the warmth...

cheers leslie..

Christine said...

You raint such a lovely scene with these words. I love Autumn too. Another really great piece.

mairmusic said...

Simply lovely, and with such an old-world charm, I think I can hear Bobbie Burns chiming in in the background!

I've brought an old favorite to the potluck: http://mairmusic.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/week-26-i-looked-into-my-heart-while-my-eyes-were/ I'm putting the link in because so far everyone has followed my main link to today's post instead of going to my contribution.

Jingle said...

Pete, what a sweet surprise to see you in,
love your autumn poem,
beautiful job on the word flow and images.

Tina said...

I love autumn. This poem is just beautiful!

Teresa said...

Wonderful poem that gets back to the ancient roots of the season-passings of seasons and loved ones and remembering them.

fiveloaf said...

wohoh pete! great writing..

lukepraterswordsalad said...

Like it, yeah. Keep it going.... write on

Warmest Salad

Luke

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