One Single Impression: Autumn

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Early autumn is a slow undressing,
A dropping gently of the clothes of time

In the soft dark of morning, in the early dark of evening

In the cool air that awakens, enlivens, embraces

And ultimately takes summer in a breath of ecstasy--

A breath it holds until midday, when it lets go

To warm all those naked limbs,

All grace and splendor and reaching,

Reaching unabashed--perhaps even proud--

For the equally naked, equally splendid sky.


One Single Impression

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  1. Lovely descriptive poem! Beautiful autumn colors in that photo also. We haven't had leaves turning here yet -- it is still Indian Summer. I think Monday is the first day of fall. . .

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  2. Oh my you already have a lot of autumn leaves there, they are beautiful

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  3. I love the autumn colours and the poem well done!

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  4. Colors and poem warmed my heart on this gray first autumn morning here! Thank you. :-)

    I miss the East Coast's fall colors more than anything. Will have to watch for the umpteenth time the Merchant-Ivory procuced movie-version of Henry James' "The Europeans"!

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  5. Autumn in all its glory, there.

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  6. One of my favorite times of year.
    Lovely words.

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  7. Such a wonderfully sensuous response - it is close to orgasmic. Lovely writing ...

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  8. Beautiful words, and photo. A slow undressing... a naked sky. Beautiful

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  9. loved your poem and the images...autumn is my favorite season and it is beautiful. thanks.

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  10. Anonymous10:43 AM

    ..the unclad sky falls in the realm of spiritual thought in india.the sages discard all that is artificially external .the carnal is different.
    thanks for sharing these beautiful autumn images..

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  11. Incredibly sensuous, Sandy! Wow. I loved "takes summer in a breath of ecstacy'. It took my breath away.

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  12. What imagery, conjures ups in the mind dryads gracefully dancing in the forest.

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  13. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Really lovely metaphor of an 'artful reveal'!

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  14. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Love the imagery you used!

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  15. Oh Sandy, this is lovely. I really liked these lines "early dark of evening
    In the cool air that awakens, enlivens, embraces
    And ultimately takes summer in a breath of ecstasy--
    A breath it holds until midday, when it lets go" Excellent work. This fills my heart with such feelings. You cannot know my friend.
    Thank you for the pleasure of reading your work.

    love,Melanie

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  16. my fav time of year! =)

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  17. What an intriguing work Sandy. I loved the mixed imagery and your evocative choice of words. Autumn....don't ya just love it!

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

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  18. Oh and how ready I am for autumn to breathe in the summer.......

    This gave me chills. Which is odd, cause it is still hot as hell in Mississippi.

    I need to revisit you more often!
    Whew!

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  19. Anonymous3:01 PM

    Beautiful!

    I shared a photo of the trees near my house today . . . we are way behind the east coast in terms of the colors changing There are just the slightest hints of orange and red appearing now.

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  20. Anonymous3:45 PM

    how beautiful, you describe the beauty of the changing season

    "All grace and splendor and reaching" - my favorite line

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  21. Such a magnificently sensuous description of the change of seasons. Wonderful.

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  22. Hi Sandy, I'm there and ready, waiting for her to hurry up!
    I never thought of autumn being romantic like this before.
    So now I will remember differently thanks to your poem. Thank you.
    ..

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  23. Anonymous8:03 PM

    How wonderfully erotic. When I watch the next leaf drop I will be thinking of articles of clothing.

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  24. Sensual & lovely! JP/deb

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  25. "And ultimately takes summer in a breath of ecstasy-"

    Sensual and romantic. Thanks for the read and coming by BES.

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  26. I Love the autumn I know now as well as the summer just past! Thank you Lil!

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  27. The subtle golds & reds are just wonderful in this photo.

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  28. I can almost hear the leaves crackling beneath my feet.....lovely words!

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  29. What a wonderful poem, Sandy!
    I wonder if you composed it like an improvisation as I do for the computer compositions.

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  30. Lovely; I like your take on this so much. I can see the branches let go of its leaves like silk stockings languidly falling to the floor after a long, wonderful evening (or perhaps season)
    ann

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  31. Beautiful! I'm loving the colors of fall. :)

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  32. Quite lovely photo. I won't see anything like this here in the desert until January.

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  33. Just lovely, Sandy! :)

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  34. Anonymous7:17 PM

    I really like this view of autumn.

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  35. Nice words and photo!!

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  36. Impressive pictures!

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  37. Sandy, I love this poem with all its wonderful expressions.

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  38. Anonymous10:48 AM

    How nice:

    "One...
    Singular sensation..."

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  39. Wow, what an impressionistic photo! I love where this poem leads - with a splash of color into grace & splendor.

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  40. Autumn as undressing - I like that idea.

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  41. such a sensual description, perfectly capturing autumn's essence

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  42. You always write the most beautiful poetry!! I love this one just like every other one.

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  43. Each week i am inspired by your work. This one is totally captivating. I especially felt the last two lines. Thank you!

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  44. Simply the best time of year, and beautifully exposed. I've always loved this time of year, and never thought of it this way. Wow! Just blows me away when I read it.

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  45. Dear Sandy--
    I love this poem. And the thought of the autumn as an erotic dance is a new one--and lovely!!

    Thanks for this--and thanks for stopping by my post on this prompt. I accidentally deleted your comment, but I read it before I did and it made me smile!

    Beth

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