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Autumn; A Sestina Poem

Updated on August 3, 2013
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Golden tresses tumbling down bare bark

Piling high, settling upon the autumn floor,

Severed by an invisible shear, they fall

Amazing transformation of gold and green

Enticingly they scatter, falling all around

An awe-inspiring sight, this annual spectacular


A magical spell, cast a spectral spectacular

Sunlight and shade, reflecting on brown bark

Leaves drifting like moths, flying all around

Soft russet, gold and ochre swirling to the floor

Not so long ago they sparkled emerald green

Golden flying angels, into oblivion to fall


Nature's little irony, glory blazed before the fall

From dying breath, into one last colorful spectacular

Flying, fluttering dying leaves, now drained of green

Cold wind, vengeance wreaks down to the very bark

Piling high a golden carpet, to adorn the forest floor

And still the leaves fall, cascading all around


The seasons like a circle going around and around

Winter, spring and summer, then soon it will be fall

And once again, the magic, will enchant the forest floor

A cascading aerial show-stopping spectacular

Bare stands the trees, naked to the bark

No more to dance in gentle breezes, dressed in green


As darkness engulfs the light, we dream of fields of green

Of falling leaves and autumn fruits, and berries all around

The wary tree sleeps, cracked and worn, shedding off its bark

Mighty tree once proud and green, see your skin fall

A macabre sight, your witches claws, a ghostly spectacular

Standing petrified, gone are the emerald coat, head bow to the floor


Come the spring when you're awake, to drink life from the floor

Your light will shine to blind the eyes, a precious gem of green

Another show to hypnotize, another awesome spectacular

So sleep my beauty, dream of light, till autumn comes around

With brilliant coat, you will begin, another splendorous fall

And pretty birds will come to sit and rest upon your bark.



Around the woods, cold wind expose the old scabby bark

The autumn leaves drops to the floor, a visual spectacular

The summer light fades and the green leaves begins to fall
























































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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The average poet, very nice to see you, thank you so much for the visit and lovely comment, much appreciated.

      All my best to you.

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      TheAveragePoet 5 years ago from Here and there.

      Tobusiness, you have captured the essence and beauty of all that is Fall. Very well done, and the pictures compliment the excellent writing like a good wine.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      midget, many thank for the visit and wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Amazing, and a great poem, to business. The use of words and imagery is stellar!! Keep these going!!! Votes up, away and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Garifalia, I just receive your mail, thank you so very much for the follow, I will be coming round later to catch with your hubs. your vote and comments are much appreciated. Best wishes to you.

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      Garifalia 5 years ago

      Naturally I voted Awesome. I've tried to click on your 'follow' button and leave mail but I don't know if it went through or not. Love the images you find for your articles and poems. You have a great feel for creativity.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      phdast7, many thanks for the visit and the encouraging comment, there is something uniquely special in every season.

      The changing of the seasons can evoke moods from happiness to melancholia. I hope you're having a very happy day.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      to business - Fall has always been my favorite, most creative time of year. You have more than done it justice. Beautiful. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Max, thank you for the wonderful compliment, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Take care and all my best to you.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Jo. I feel speechless. It's spectacular! It is such a brilliant job and the expressive word images just take my breath away!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, I'm so thrilled to know you enjoyed this, I just loved the comment.

      All my best.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mismazda, thank you very much for the visit and kind comment. Best wishes to you.

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      nice poem...great imagery....makes me think about the fall time...voted up and beautiful..

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      my goodness toobusiness I loved this piece.. and honestly the first pic you used set the mood and the stage for your words voted freakin awesome!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Irish, many thanks for the visit, I'm very glad to know that you like my first Sestina poem. My best to you.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Beautiful expression of the amazing changing seasons and all the gory they bring.

      Fantastic

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kashmir56, Thank you so much for the lovely comment, it's very much appreciated. Best wishes to you.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a beautifully written poem which made a enjoyable read !

      Well done and vote up and more !!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Unknown, much appreciated.

      Take care now.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wonderful..beautiful photos tat matched your poem. Very nice Jo. Another masterpiece from you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      girishpuri, many thanks for stopping by, and for the lovely comment, very much appreciated.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Tobusiness, amazing images and awesome poetry, brilliant presentation, voted up.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Welcome much Jo.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hello snowdrops, Nice to see you and many thanks for the wow, very much appreciated.

      My best to you

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Hi Jo, this is very impressive. So beautiful that reader have to make a 'wow' at the end. voted up and awesome and beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Vinaya

      Mhatter

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      Integrity

      I respect all your opinions, so thank you all for the support, it is always appreciated. Many Thanks also for liking my first Sestina. All my best to you guys.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Choice of expressions in this poem is fresh, giving vitality to the meaning. I have never tried this poetry form, and your craft is very beautiful.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow.. I'm impressed. congratulations and thank you for a wonderful experience.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Wonderful work.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted up for sure. That is so nice. COO!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Snakeslane, so very nice to see you, this was a bit of a challenge for me, I'm thrilled to know you liked it. Many thanks for stopping by, all my best to you.

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      snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow tobusiness, this is beautiful! Nice work, photos and images are an added bonus. Sestina suits you. Love it... Regards, snakeslane

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jamie, I was just about to come over to ask you to take a look, you've beaten me to the draw, thanks a million

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      tobusiness - amazing and awe inspiring, such a great poem. You have made the Sestina work miracles. thank you for sharing, Jamie.