Words Like Leaves

Lifted from language, from a native tongue,

Words fine-tuned, sharpened to a razor’s edge,

Made into the mysterious, sublime.

To metaphor, simile, parable,

They are fitted neatly and uniquely.

Each grouping a singular character,

Expressing new ideas and emotions.

But can these vehicles of expression,

Be effective out among so many?

These drivers of feelings aimed into hearts,

Must cut through the noisy din, the clutter.

They are numbered like the leaves of the wood,

Crash to earth as if constant autumn.

Where might they fall; by whom will they be heard?

Will they fall withered, scattered like refuse,

Or sound out a new voice, a special chord?

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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on March 2, 2016, in Poetry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. In a time when there are more writers than readers I sometimes, wonder the same but I know words affect me and I hope some of my words are worthy enough to cause ripples in the thoughts of the few who read them. I have hope in the good intentions of my words and I believe you should maintain that same hope in your good words.

    • Thank you! 🙂 The best we can do is put everything we can into what we write and hope that others not only read it but that we have some small impact on them. It’s the hope of every writer. We have to put pen to paper and press forward. 🙂

  2. You are heard here, John. Your poetry sings–a thing of beauty.

  3. Can’t get your like button to work…Like

  4. I like your perspective here. Words like leaves. Definitely on point

  5. Lovely. I enjoyed the flow.

  6. Thank you for the lovely, meaningful read!

  7. Morgan Monique Byers

    Wonderful words my friend 🙂

  8. If we build them (our words), some will hear,,,that’s our hope anyway,, yours are timely 🙂

  9. The ending few lines are very nice they are capturing the ethos of an doubtful artist. Well indeed . To find readers for poetry in this time is complex and ur inquary is fair enough i think.

    Whatever it is thank u very muchnfor sharing this piece. I like it.

    Keep it up
    Many regards fro. NEPAL.

    • Thank you! 🙂 The best any writer can do is put the words on the page and hope to share with as many people as possible. Here’s to all of us being read and to reaching the audience’s emotions.

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