honey-colored afternoon.

October 17, 2011

It was a honey-colored afternoon,
painted with hues from the roadside jam stand,
apricot, tangerine, chestnut and cherry,
citrine and lemon with a splash and twist,
of the brightest red wine,
deep and dramatic as the two bleeding hearts,
trickling up the antique bluff,
canopied by autumn leaves.

It was a syrupy-slow afternoon,
tinted with kisses tasting of sunlight,
radiating eagerness caressed by a northbound breeze,
as balanced as the voiced philosophies,
warm and chill and soft and stubborn,
students of their own passions,
ascending the harvest mountainside,
becoming living poetry.


At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu

Nature creates within a lonesomeness and upon some great cliff that sadness echoes. But to find one other who can stand on the edge and share your perspective – that is as rare as the view. – Unknown

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. -William Blake

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. – Carol Bishop Hipps



– e.e. cummings

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu


17 Responses to “honey-colored afternoon.”

  1. booguloo said

    Put together nicely.

  2. abichica said

    amazing.. you work your words very nicely together..:-)

  3. Excellent writing as always and I love the quotes too. Blessings forever

  4. zumpoems said

    Very nice flow, perfectly crafted — a true treasure of a poem!

  5. marit said

    I like your poem, along with all the other material you included! nice choices

  6. I loved how I didn’t read this poem… I experienced it!
    You are a wordsmith!
    Amazing, perfect write!

  7. Morning said

    a beautiful afternoon well captured.


  8. Miss Kitten said

    Few can ever hope to write poetry as sophisticated and polished as this. Absolutely brilliant.

  9. tekia said

    A beautiful piece and grand imagery here. I enjoyed the read very much!

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