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Poetry: Autumn Comes to Town

Updated on October 16, 2012
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Barbara Anne Helberg is a Fiction freelancer, Internet writer, WordPress blogger, former Journalist, and a Famous Writers School graduate.

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Nature Blossoms:
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In Autumn, trees turn
and leaves will fall.
A cornstalk may wither
in an alley hall.

It's the Age of Fall by
leaves itching to fall decreed;
There's a nip in the air
and nary a new weed.
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Flinging their colors wide
in towns many and small,
the golden trees help stop
traffic at corners and all.

Still houses watch well
through wires and light poles,
with cars parked at curbs
and near street pot holes.

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Leaves continue their quiet turns,
even as limbs are clipped
to accommodate poles and signs;
ways of the street strip.

Cars trip along under paths
of mankinds' signs and wired tangles,
while Autumn marches on,
barely aware of sliced angles.
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Colors splash around devices,
splitting poles, signs, and wires,
forging ahead with their task
of pursuing Autumn's fires.

Constructed colors of roofs
red and gray cannot stand
up to Nature's hues among
those of bland, diminutive Man.

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Man-built towns in Fall before
the leaves come floating down,
challenge Nature's tall sentinels,
with poles peeking 'round.

Signs, poles, and wires,
though strong and tethered,
are mocked by Nature's pillars;
her trees of splendid weather.
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Green have the town signs and
the fire hydrant; also yellow.
Nature's display, however, far
exceeds that of mankind's bellow.

Poles, signs, and wires on streets
of towns many and small,
scattered about, indeed, are short
of Nature's naturally commanding Fall.

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A brilliant splash of red
speaks loudly of falling dred
to come, when Fall leaves
will pile high and spread.

Left to grow above the flag,
a sentinel shouts its fire,
announcing Fall that demands
again heavy leaf-raking hire.
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Yellow, green, and red together
say Fall is getting ready
to conquer streets of signs,
poles, and those wires steady.

Now bare, town streets soon
will share, not only miles
of concrete corridors, but
colorful, resilient leafy piles.

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For now, the neighborhood
below the signs and wires
lies quiet while red invades;
but, alas, turning leaves aspire.

Autumn leaves of colorful cover,
after all, know not a master.
Yards and streets and signs
they aim laughingly to plaster.
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Leaves of Fall, yellow, red, gold,
eventually burst to conquer all
below their changing seasons
in little towns many and small.

Where wires, poles, and signs
once reigned in villages small,
crispy leaves, it will be seen,
will fervently fall to bury all!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Eiddwen...Thanks for reading this Hub, Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub and thank you for sharing.

      eddy.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @teaches12345...I appreciate you sharing those compliments!

      I had the idea for this Hub when I decided to get some photos of trees turning colors in town around the obstructions of wires, signs, and poles of all kinds. So I wrote each verse "into" a photo to describe what was happening.

      Glad it brought your own home town to your mind's vision in a happy remembrance.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @midget38...Thanks for your observations on this poem Hub.

      Fall is my favorite season, and it was fun to do this poem about leaves coloring a small town before they bury it.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @drbj...Happy, as always, to have you stop by!

      I hear you. I certainly would miss the variety of colors if I were elsewhere -- except for Vermont, where I spent a few years in the 1970s. Talk about gorgeous Falls!

      That last photo was to bring down the leaf curtain, so to speak. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @always exploring...Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed!

      Beautiful foliage always leads to work. And in towns many and small, it's always more work finding ways to dig out from under!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I could see my home town through your poetic verse. It is something to really experience as the trees turn colors. Lovely photos posted here as well.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Have to agree with drbj. The beauty of autumn is in the multicolored leaves. The photo of the little boy and his sheepdog under the leaves is adorable!! Thanks for sharing. I share here on HP too!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Your beautiful photos, Barb, made me remember the only thing I loved about the cooler weather up north in the fall. I miss those trees with their multicolored leaves.

      BTW, check out the dog almost hidden in the pile of leaves - that's a cutie. So is the young man.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @aviannovice...So true! Leaves are definitely part of our year's cycle in what Nature does to nurture us! And they are fun, as you point out.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Hub!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Every town large and small is getting ready to rake. Love your photos. Cheers..

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Amazingly, the leaves always win. They also provide hiding places for birds and small mammals. They also help enrich our soil in the garden, and after all, they are fun to play in!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Mhatter99...You are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts in turn!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. It took me back to "fonder times" I had the privilege to experience. My wife and I always used fall to celebrate the year.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @readers...

      Just a little Fall fun

      before the winter comes!

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