Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Once Upon November's Day

PAD Challenge; day 4;For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Once Upon a (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Oh, once upon November's day
When Autumn’s color-show was weaned
And orchard-fallow harvest gleaned
To leaf-lyrics that fell away
And earth succumbed to stiller hues
Beneath a port of brooding blues
And purple-misted avenues
Or noon’s unyielding gray

…oh, once upon November then
We too felt time’s incumbent will
Inept to push against the chill
That stripped the moorland and the glen
And heaped its deep with yester-leaf
And stirred the mind with kindred grief
As one more autumn slipped beneath
A consummate Amen

Yes, once upon November’s girth
We sensed, where nature’s vale was rent
And every laden limb unbent
In a requiem that lulled the earth
With filaments of somber gray
And portraits of life’s dying way
Here, once upon November’s day
We watched the end of birth

© Janet Martin


  1. Beautiful! I love the poem and the photos - they both really describe November well. God has blessed you with the gift of prose. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Like many of your poems, Janet, this one would make a beautiful ballad.
    The rhythm, everything - perfect. Every word sings. Wonderful.

  3. Sometimes writing is like pushing through a bog...right now, likely because life is quite busy, it sort of feels like that and your words of encouragement are precious and appreciated. Thank-you, dear friends, Pamela and Sasha.


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