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Bill Abbott


Leaves change and fall, crisp,
To the ground.
We put out hay bales and pumpkins,
Drink hot cider and chocolate
And keep our hands in pockets.
We look to the sky and
Feel the cool breezes,
Hide from the rain and cuddle close
By the fireplace
On the couch
In the evenings.
We make bonfires,
Roast marshmallows,
Make smores,
Sit outside and stare at the flames.
We pull out jackets,
Extend our sleeves,
Look for home.
We rake leaves together,
Spray them apart,
Get lost in corn mazes,
Take hay rides through our memories.
We scare ourselves,
Dare ourselves,
To go somewhere with
Some possible danger to it
(If we can find that willing suspension).
We eat candy or resist it.
We get lost in these moments
And forget our ways home.
And still the leaves fall
On the saints and the sinners,
And the glowing orange faces smile
At us all
As we smile and shiver
Before the chill fully arrives.

© by Bill Abbott.
Used here with the author's permission.


Bill Abbott is the author of Let Them Eat MoonPie®, the history of poetry slam in the Southeast. Bill lives in Ohio, where he teaches creative writing at Central State University.



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Love the details used to create the feel of autumn.
Posted 10/30/2018 11:40 PM
These ate my favorite lines: And still the leaves fall On the saints and the sinners, Fun to read.
Posted 10/30/2018 11:44 AM
michael escoubas:
Love the universality of this poem, Bill. Thank you.
Posted 10/30/2018 10:02 AM
I really liked this poem. I agree with what Larry Schug said.
Posted 10/30/2018 09:17 AM
Larry Schug:
I just got the thought of what it would mean to read this poem a hundred years from now. What an odd society we are. Thanks for inspiring these thoughts, Bill.
Posted 10/30/2018 07:24 AM

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