In the Autumn


Gerard Brok

In the autumn
the mind and heart
detach from each other
much like leaves from a tree
first raging in wild color
until they take flight
with the breeze

The trunk stays
where it is planted
reasonable as the mind
shaped by years of repetition
root`bound by tradition
branch to the light
in every season

The leaf plays
with every current
mischievous as a heart
broken mended broken again
ever`ready to find love
ready to sail away
into phantasy

In the autumn
the mind and heart
detach from each other
much like leaves from a tree
the mind to hibernation
the heart into a fire
for the winter

“Subtle, clever brain, wiser than I am,
by what devious means do you contrive
to remain idle? Teach me, O master.” ~ William Carlos Williams


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to In the Autumn

  1. superb, as ever – the heart and mind are, I think, held together by the soul – the image you selected evokes pain, to me


  2. rivrvlogr says:

    Beautifully written.
    I think the mind must mediate between the heart and the branches. In the spring it is not so critical, but in the later season it is a necessity.

    Liked by 1 person

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