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Gail Goepfert


breeze-tousled leaves
q u a k e
like spangles on a gypsy skirt

the windswept woods
dressed for autumn’s ball
undressed by sleep’s seduction
by the breath of wind’s 
whispered desire

bereft of color
frivolity and delay
the trees
their dance cards spent

pose one last time
for winter’s canvas

a still life–
ebony silhouettes
against an ivory sky

An earlier version of this poem first appeared in Quill and Parchment (2010).
This version © by Gail Goepfert and used with the author’s permission.



Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher. Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry. Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press early in 2015, and her poetry and photos appear in numerous print and online publications. Gail lives  in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about her at


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Gail, What a wonderful surprise. Really like this beautiful poem. The photo and your words are stunning.
Posted 10/12/2011 02:36 PM
I agree with Rob. Wonderful image, as is the last one of "ebony silhouettes against an ivory sky." Nice work!
Posted 10/12/2011 08:46 AM
Beautiful, Gail! Love the leaves "like spangles on a gypsy skirt."
Posted 10/12/2011 06:28 AM
Very prolific selection for today is the 25th year of my Grandma's passing. She lies under a mighty oak atop a mountain waiting for that promise of spring...
Posted 10/12/2011 05:36 AM

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