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Phyllis Wax


Leaves fly                   
from the maple
like golden birds,
flutter past my window.   

They lie on the grass
beneath the tree,
grow brittle
like discarded dreams.

© by Phyllis Wax.
Used here with the author’s permission.



Phyllis Wax writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  A lover of warm weather, she watches the snow come and go, waiting and hoping for spring. From the window in front of her desk, she observes an abundance of migrating birds, several generations of turkeys, and the occasional fox, deer, and raccoon. Some of those make their way into her poetry. Phyllis has read her poems on the radio, in coffee shops, in libraries and bars, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.


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Wilda Morris:
Wonderful images!
Posted 12/03/2020 09:20 AM
Lori Levy:
Brief, but beautiful.
Posted 11/10/2020 07:34 PM
Lovely similes to describe those falling leaves!
Posted 11/10/2020 05:45 PM
Thank you all for your comments! Phyllis
Posted 11/10/2020 04:51 PM
Janet Leahy:
This poem holds the season of autumn and also holds the season of Covet, may all who read this be well. Thanks Phyllis
Posted 11/10/2020 04:34 PM
michael escoubas:
Simplicity personified; like the season itself. Less is more, Phyllis . . . nicely done.
Posted 11/10/2020 01:58 PM
So lovely, Phyllis! Captures the whole bittersweet autumn vibe in just a few well-chosen words and images. Marilyn Taylor
Posted 11/10/2020 11:29 AM
A Jenkin:
Hi Phyllis, golden birds and discarded dreams - great analogy..
Posted 11/10/2020 11:26 AM
Stephen Anderson:
I love the images, Phyllis.
Posted 11/10/2020 10:45 AM
Patricia Williams:
Proof that less IS more...lovely piece.
Posted 11/10/2020 09:57 AM
Short and deep. Lovely poem, Phyllis. -Doris Bezio
Posted 11/10/2020 09:12 AM
I love the clarity!
Posted 11/10/2020 08:58 AM
Posted 11/10/2020 07:45 AM
Hi Phyllis! SO good to hear your voice.
Posted 11/10/2020 05:24 AM
Very nice poem but kinda sad. But fortunately new leaves grow every year :)
Posted 11/10/2020 03:28 AM

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