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At Moments Preordained
Dennis Trujillo


To the over-antsy workers
responsible for sweeping
autumn leaves along the streets
of Dongducheon City: Please
stop whacking the branches
with long poles to complete your task
in a hurry as if eradicating
a medieval scourge. Left alone,
yellow ginkgoes and red maples
release their leaves at moments
preordained by the same algorithms
that tell gray whales when to migrate
and volcanoes when to boil.


© by Dennis Trujillo.
Used with the author's permission.


Dennis Trujillo served twenty years in the U.S. Army, then spent fifteen years teaching math. He began writing poetry one day in the winter of 2010, when his high school staff forgot to notify him there was no school because it was a snow day. In the vacant classroom, he was overwhelmed with an impulse to write a poem titled "Snow Day". That one opened a floodgate of impulses for more; Dennis has been writing and publishing poems ever since. He now teaches English at Shinheung College in Uijeongbu, South Korea.



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Mary Lou Taylor:
You bet! This poem is applicable to all around the world.
Posted 10/14/2015 01:12 PM
Lori Levy:
Expressed simply and beautifully.
Posted 10/14/2015 11:33 AM
Exactly!! Like this one a lot!!
Posted 10/14/2015 09:09 AM
Really appreciated this one. "To everything there is a season..."
Posted 10/14/2015 08:58 AM
Janet Leahy:
Thanks for helping me relax into the preordained rhythms of today, an important poem in our too busy lives. Thanks Dennis
Posted 10/14/2015 08:25 AM
Preordained--everything in its own good time!
Posted 10/14/2015 08:24 AM
It goes to show that you can write a poem about absolutely ANYTHING! I loved it.
Posted 10/14/2015 03:42 AM
Depth and beauty in this short poem.
Posted 10/14/2015 02:36 AM
There is a managerial ant. I have worked for him.
Posted 10/14/2015 02:12 AM

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