Leaf Hanging Like a Suspended Criminal

October 26, 2010

Fallen leaf dangling on a thread from a spider web

Hanging from a thread, the leaf dances in the wind.

Last Week in October
by Thomas Hardy

 The trees are undressing, and fling in many places–
      On the gray road, the roof, the window-sill
      Their radiant robes and ribbons and yellow laces;
      A leaf each second so is flung at will,
Here, there, another and another, still and still.

      A spider’s web has caught one while downcoming,
      That stays there dangling when the rest pass on;
      Like a suspended criminal hangs he, mumming
      In golden garb, while one yet green, high yon,
Trembles, as fearing such a fate for himself anon.

3 Responses to “Leaf Hanging Like a Suspended Criminal”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Beautiful poem and images – thanks!

  2. Elisa Says:

    i like this, i can like from the reader if i do NOT read lol

  3. Elisa Says:

    Reblogged this on Elisa's Spot and commented:
    Gosh I love this one. I am so grateful for all of the wonder and awe I get to experience as a result of Rosemary’s blog.


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