Fallen Leaves

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.

Center Parcs is a wonderful place for a fantastic family break and so I’ve decided to enter this poem into their family blogger competition! If you’d like to enter then Center Parcs Whinfell Forest’s resident nature expert and Conservation Ranger, Emma Tapp has some fab tips on their site if you need some inspiration! The inspiration for my poem was her first tip:

1. Be inspired by your surroundings – Observe as the leaves change colour from green to red and let the beautiful burnt oranges get the creative juices flowing, what does it look like and remind you of?

And this photo:
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Leaf: A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant, as defined in botanical terms, and in particular in plant morphology.

Fallen Leaves

A fresh skin, new paint.
Reached the end of one journey,
Ready to start anew.

Budded, began with such hope.
Flourished, success, recognition.
Then start to wane.

So brief, time passes by.
Surrounded by many, fighting for light,
One by one they fade and fall.

Meant to be, out of control.
Powerless in nature and outcome,
Fate already decided.

Sunlight fades all heat is gone,
Yet more beautiful with time.
Vibrant colours fighting on.

Changing, trying to last.
Solitary and clinging on in hope.
Fragile, no choice but to finally let go.

16 Comments on Fallen Leaves

  1. redpefferna@redpeffer
    November 21, 2013 at 7:36 am (4 years ago)

    I may be wrong but I sense a hint of allegory here. Either way, the analogy of leaves and life that I see is beautiful and mournful. There’s hope and joy too-fallen leaves regenerate and renew the soil.

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh yes! Always hope!

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  2. judithkingston
    November 21, 2013 at 7:38 am (4 years ago)

    Oh wow, what a beautiful analogy. And sad.

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, it sounds sadder than it was intended!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you x

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  3. stephaniearsoska
    November 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm (4 years ago)

    I love leaves. The beauty is that as you so cleverly point out they get more lovely as tine goes by and then they fall but that is not the end. They go back to the earth and feed the tree they came from. It’s such a nice cycle of life type thing. Love it.

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s nice looking at the bigger picture and the entire cycle, the end of one part isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

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  4. Wicked World of Lucas
    November 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

    This is lovely – It brought me a few tears as I’ve just heard a relative is poorly but you’ve written this so beautifully you made me feel very peaceful about it #prose4t

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that, am glad this poem made you peaceful x

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  5. maddy@writingbubble
    November 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautifully written. Very poignant. I sense more meaning behind the words!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, and that’s the joy of poetry, always more than one interpretation!

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you x

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  6. Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)
    November 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful writing as ever Jen. I love how you have constructed this one 🙂 Good luck with the competition – and thank you for sharing with Prose for Thought x

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    • instinctivemum
      November 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you lovely, and a pleasure as always x

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