Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fallen Leaves

Why should I be the first to fall
Of all the leaves on this old tree?
Though sadly soon I know that all
Will lose their hold and follow me.
While my birth-brothers bravely blow,
Why should I be first to go?

Why should I be the last to cling
Of all the leaves on this bleak bough?
I've fluttered since the fire of Spring
And I am worn and withered now.
I would escape the Winter gale
And sleep soft-silvered by a snail.

When swoop the legions of the snow
To pitch their tents in roaring weather
We fallen leaves will lie below
And rot rejoicingly together;
And from our rich and dark decay
Will laugh our brothers of the May.

[Robert William Service 1874 - 1958]


Ruth Hiebert said...

That's gorgeous,Rick. Have a wonderful week.

Cloudia said...

that is NICE, Rick!

ALOHA from Honolulu

ju-north said...

Beautiful verse and creative image!

Linda said...

It is so nice to see a post from you, Rick. This is gorgeous!

bas van Es said...

Geweldig mooi gedaan Rick zowel de fotobewerking als het gedicht erbij.

S. Etole said...

So much beauty in that leaf!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous image and effect. Love this! Great poem by a former friend of my late Grandfather.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, that is a beautiful photo! And that poem is wonderful. Robert Service was a great writer. I found an old book of his poems in the attic recently. It is called "Ballads of a Cheechako", published in 1909 but that poem wasn't in it. There are old black and white photos interspersed throughout. Have you heard of this book? It has a photo of him on the hard cover sitting on the doorstep of a log cabin, holding a rifle and his dog as his feet. It's a great old book!

Lasse said...

Lovely !!

mariiana capela fotografia said...

it's beautiful :) I miss this colors, this weather. your idea is really nice!

Lúcia said...

Wow, lovely colours!
That was creative! ;-)

Lisa Gordon said...

This is so unique, and truly so very beautiful, Rick.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful autumn.
We had some really beautiful color here in NY this year.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

MARTY said...

bonjour Rick - c'est beautiful ce que tu as fait ! les couleurs de l'automne
ne durent pas et sont vraiment très belles !
ici il fait chaud encore (25°C yesterday), exceptionnel pour un mois d'octobre !
hope all is going well for you and je te souhaite happy days !
golden bisous !

Katherine said...

I love this post Rick...the colours in Autumn are just amazing. The verse and your picture make a beautiful Autumn marriage! I hope you're well. Cheers Kath

"Autumn is like a second spring when every leaf is a flower"

Hilde said...

prachtige herfstkleuren, en een erg originele en mooie compositie!
groetjes, Hilde

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, autumn is one of the most fascinating season, thou I have not see the real autumn leaves but by looking at all the wonderful pictures is good enough. Your autumn picture is very spectacular.

That's a very beautiful header. Very impressive click.

Have a great weekend, regards.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Superbe ! de retour un petit bonjour!
Superb! hello back!

Teca M. Jorge said...


Hugs and beijos.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...


Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Heel mooi gedaan, Rick. De herfst blijft toch een heel mooi seizoen, vind ik. Prachtig gedicht ook. Groetjes uit Nederland, Joke

Helma said...

Echt heel leuk gedaan in dat blad Rick.
mooie warme kleuren en het is een echt "herfst" tafereeltje :-)

Groetjes, Helma

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Perfection. Love the colors and framing (and poem)

Connie Smiley said...

Gorgeous image, creative and perfect. Love the poem, too.

Marja said...

A fantastic poem accompanied by a gorgeous leave Strange to read about falling leaves when here we all got fresh young green ones

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P.S.: I hope you are just taking an extended break and that there is nothing wrong going on with you.

Scott said...

So creative, Rick. Way to go.

Gary Loucks said...

Really enjoyed Fallen Leaves Rick. Super!

Halinka said...

Jesień jest piękna!!!!