Monday, October 06, 2008

Fall Rant: "Oh Autumn Shadow"

Oh Autumn Shadow...

You put your shade on me...

And rob me of my birthright joys,

And the satisfactions of my sixty-some passages...

You rain your shade round me

And steal my small circumference of sunshine...

Focusing my mind on failures, could-have beens,

And pleas for attention, remembrance, and other pathetic


At this "later life transitions" stage

I have no patience or time

For those who find in me

Lack of character or social grace

(Or deficiencies in "rhyme").


Tend to your own affairs...

To your own illusions...

To your own joy-robbing, mirthless


I throw off your autumnal shade,

For I am a man of sunshine made.

To those who spend their lives

Blowing kisses to their own chosen butts,

I can only say:

I have joyfilled songs to play...

And... they start today!


At 6:03 PM, Blogger pohanginapete said...

Chuck, it's good to hear you're around and still your inimitable self. This cheered me greatly :^)

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Pauline said...

this is joyful! go smile and play and definitely write more poems


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