Sunday, October 9, 2011

sovereign gifts

it's raining sweetly,
a soft blanket of sound
orphaned by 
last night's storm —
and the yellow leaves of
some unknown tree 
are peeking out from the corner of
the red roof across the street,
a smudge of gold
beyond the naked oak branch
hanging half crazy from the
now-stilled wind.
and those sovereign leaves
are my reward for looking out
and up this morning —
a brightly gift of color
from the throne.

— leslie young


Beth said...

I love this! May I use it for my poetry theme on autumn? Susie gave me several wonderful Emily Dickinson poems, but I'd like an example of an unfamous person who writes beautiful poetry. (That would be you.) :>)

Kay L. Davies said...

It's wonderful, Leslie. I was imagining those leaves as I read. Truly lovely, and beautifully written.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Loree said...

Beautifully written. I see you've had wind and rain. And so have we. It is wonderful. Everything feels cool and cleansed.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful, again. Leslie, I think you have the makings of a chapbook! Have you considered it?

Francesca said...

I will look at those yellow leaves as gifts of color!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful words, Leslie. I love poetry, but have no knack for it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. You were right, they were terns. I immediately looked them up--Roseate terns. Thanks for the heads up. I've learned a lot from this 365 project. Have a great week.

Terena said...


Rachel said...

It has been raining here all day, lovely poem. Thank you for you kind thoughts that you left on my blog I had planned on taking a week off and time went by fast.

S. Etole said...

Enchanting words you offer us. Your gift was ours as well.

Dianne said...

Beautiful prose Leslie!

Rick said...

Am working hard to catch up at this witching hour before the spell of a functioning internet connection is broken ...

You paint a vivid picture with your words in today's post that requires no accompanying photo.

I very much enjoyed the other posts I've missed - with accompanying photos.

After another couple of weeks of savoring the brilliant autumn colors here we hope to be enjoying Florida sunsets again.

Catfish Tales said...

Simply elegant

becky said...

Leslie, my poet friend, you have such an awesome way with words...filled with thought and treasure for the reader.

Jodi said...

the imagery your poems conjure are always stunning. I wish I could paint them. "some unknown tree
are peeking out from the corner of
the red roof across the street,
a smudge of gold" -- beautiful. a lot has been going on. I must write to you soon. xox

Claudia said...

a gift of color from the throne...yes they are..this is beautiful

rebecca said...

today truly,
i let a joy keep me
in your


LauraX said...

beautiful, beautiful...they are an amazing gift indeed. I'm looking up from my bed out the window to scarlet and mustard and green.

ayala said...

I love this, Leslie.

Noelle Renee said...

I Love:

Raining Sweetly

soft blanket of sound

smudge of gold

Sovereign leaves

Brightly gift of color

It is all so beautiful Leslie. God gave you such wonderful insight into the natural world :)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i love the sound of the word sovereign. did you know?
very leslie-emily d. honestly.