Misty Reflections

A Hushed Silence

Glistening from a late September rain
The day wakens to early morning gloom
Leaves bustle from ever changing trees
Freed from confines of their existence

Memories of warm summer days fading
As sunlight dims in the near distance
Thoughts return to those days long ago
With tears of laughter as time washes by

Creaking limbs protest as strong winds blow
Whispering tales of what might have been
With the sweet smell of decay enveloping
Autumn air descends with a hushed silence

Shadowed glimpses of changing seasons blur
Misty reflections of a Harvest Moon ripple
Through the echoing sound of rushing water
Searching for the song of autumn’s passing

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Eyes Meet, Fingers Greet

Casual Glances

Voices bubble, pitch, rise and fall
As I walk through the dance hall
Chequered dress and shapely legs
Bodies moving with casual glances

Rave music calling into the night
Swaying to the rhythm, all is right
Glasses lined up ready to tap a keg
Giving courage so everyone dances

The beat and adrenaline move fast
Before you know it the night is past
Flowing with everyone in an ocean
Of sweat and pheromones till dawn

Eyes meet fingers greet then part
That’s all it took to loose my heart
Blinding lights flash in slow motion
Glimpses through the mist then gone

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Ava Gardner Haiku

Ava Lavinia Gardner (24 December, 1922 – 25 January, 1990).

Eyes shine through darkness
Subtle lines framed in shadow
Light reflects beauty

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

One Single Moment

Promises Broken

Sifting memories for the good times past
Glimpsing images as they blur by so fast
Truth shatters the stillness as they focus
Grieving for a future that could never be

Running down this street to nowhere
You said you would always be there
But the lies were only the beginning
It was in your eyes right from the start

Joy in my heart blinded me from the truth
As did hopes and dreams of reckless youth
Darkness took its hold as hope replaced joy
I gave you my heart but you never wanted it

Gaze deep into the faces you’ll never know
Pack your ever burgeoning baggage and go
Finding all that your love has abandoned
One single moment with promises broken

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Remembering Melodies

Etched in Light

Sheltering in early morning fog
Dampness, fearing the rising sun
Chases shadows into the light
Clouds belch from a gaping sky

Excited rustling announces change
Red, purple and gold glistening in dew
Autumn leaves begin their journey
From lighted summer to dark of winter

Time of harvests and festivals
Thanks and giving of many kinds
By the light of an early full moon
Church bells ring in twilight’s passing

From the wandering souls of All Hallows
To 5th of November darkness burns bright
From times past to thoughts of those fallen
Remembering their melodies etched in light

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A Hero’s Farewell

This is a prequel to my other WWI poem Where Once Stood Men

Church Bells Rang

When she spoke her voice was soft and warm
They met at the village church one Sunday morn
Searching for words to say he walked her home
Holding hands, never wanting to leave her side

Cherry blossoms whispered in cool morning breeze
Petals fell, swirling to the ground through silvery mist
A blanket of red and pink covered the muddy ground
The sweet scent filled their nostrils as they passed by

Late spring turned to summer as romance bloomed
Marvelling in her dimples every time she laughed
When the call came he answered, joining with his pals
But now one last night together with the girl he loves

At the village dance they swayed to the music
Arm around his sweetheart, holding her close
Feeling her warmth, her curves, loves first blush
Whispering in her ear, thoughts of her close

Leaving the dance, hand and hand they walked
Up the hill in moonlight as wispy clouds rolled by
Soft music faded into the cool night air below
Village lights flickered as merriment continued

Their last night together before he marched forth
She will give him a precious gift with a promise
She will wait for him as he promises in return
They will marry when he returns home a hero

They came from villages, towns and cities
Farmers, bankers, clerks, students and shop boys
Leaving mothers, fathers, wives and sweethearts
All answering the call of King and Country

From all corners of the land excited whispers ran
And with shouts of joy the church bells rang
A hero’s farewell as soldiers marched to war
A living memento mori shrouded in cheer

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