Fred First of Fragments from Floyd recently challenged his readers to write a description of the smells that evoke autumn for them. Fred himself penned a lovely piece and commenters also wrote vivid and poetic expressions of fall. Colleen of Loose Leaf Notes later posted a wonderful fall poem that she wrote, inspired by Fred’s challenge.
At first I stalled, daunted by the task, but then decided to follow through on my recent pledge to not compare myself to everyone else but to go ahead and stick my creative neck out, even when I’m scared. In the blog world, the writers I admire most are the ones who post their poetry, because I think there is no writing more personal. In fact, for me, the only thing more intimidating than posting a poem would be to post a picture of myself!
But anyway, in the spirit of being bolder, here’s the poem I wrote (slightly edited). I later realized that I’d gone off on a poetic tangent since my poem didn’t specifically address the sense of smell. I apologize, Fred. This is just what came out when I thought about how our woods smell in autumn. It’s about my favorite fall chore—gathering firewood for the winter.
The chainsaw sings a high keening dirge
For the deadwood it cuts sharp and clean.
Sharp and clean, the crisp autumn air
Burns my lungs as I carry,
Through the glory of
Blazing bright leaf fall,
The tree’s final gift to us
That will come alive again
In our woodstove as it
Burns bright in a blaze of glory
Saving us from the cutting of
The sharp winter wind.