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Poetry Sunday-To Slumber



To Slumber



Storm clouds race against the steely sky,

Highlighting the stark contrast of

Weary and worn leaves,

Dried and mature-coopery colors of age.

Stretching, straining to hold on

Before winter calls them to slumber,

Brown and tattered mere memories.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



In late October and early November, I watch dark clouds fly across the sky contrasting against the almost leafless trees.  It is an amazing sight that I never tire of.  This year the autumn skies have lingered long into November.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

autumn leaves collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday, and with Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) photo linkup party at image-in-ing.


And I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 





Special Note:  The pictures were taken in my garden this year at the end of October and beginning of November.




I leave you with a few additional words about Autumn leaves in their final slumber.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. November 22, 2015    

    Before winter calls them to slumber,
    Brown and tattered mere memories.

    So beautiful in words and image 😀 love the gentleness of this poem.

    Lots of love,

    • November 22, 2015    

      Even in the fierceness of autumn I feel that gentleness…so grateful for your kindness Sanaa!

  2. November 22, 2015    

    The photograph is beautiful and drew me completely into this wonderful poem..weary and worn leaves…such a powerful metaphor…perhaps when they fall it is a relief of sorts..a transition and renewal

    • November 22, 2015    

      I agree Jae Rose…I think it is a release toward transition this time of year.

  3. November 22, 2015    

    Oh, your poem expresses this time of year so very well. We still have a few ‘weary and worn leaves’ here reminding us of what once was. But even the most tenacious of these will be called to slumber soon!

    • November 22, 2015    

      Thanks Mary….glad you enjoyed this autumn poem. I am always pleased to know my poem hit the mark.

  4. November 22, 2015    

    Such a beautiful Autumn sky and those lovely clouds and tettering memories ~ wonderful imagery in words and pictures as always, Donna.

    • November 22, 2015    

      oops “tattered” 🙂

    • November 22, 2015    

      Thanks my friend….I am in awe at the sky these days…it brings me such wonder and acts as a perfect muse.

  5. November 22, 2015    

    ah, autumn is the time i can only enjoy in the poems and photos on the internet. 🙂
    the last two lines end the poem perfectly. so strong, and so true.

    • November 22, 2015    

      The beauty of the internet and the delight when poetry creates an image for those who can experience what the poet sees….bliss! Thank you for this wonderful comment.

  6. November 22, 2015    

    The thought of those weary leaves holding on is a really special image of this time of the year… Wonderful thought. But the slumber is something I really feel this time of year.

    • November 22, 2015    

      I agree….Sometimes I feel like the tattered leaves wanting to hold on…but in the letting go I am at peace.

  7. November 22, 2015    

    Such beautiful images..

    • November 22, 2015    

      I give all the credit to nature..she is the artist!

  8. nan nan
    November 22, 2015    

    weary and worn leaves flying. wonderful imagery in this poem…well done!

  9. November 22, 2015    

    autumn fall the wearied ones called to slumber; a beautiful statement of transition, have a Blessed Sunday Donna, im happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime

    much love…

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much gillena….you are correct…a slow transition this year of seasons and aging.

  10. November 22, 2015    

    wonderful visuals – savouring the last drops of autumn in those images Donna and your words hanging on in there like the leaves ‘stretching, straining to hold on’

    • November 23, 2015    

      I am so pleased you enjoyed the words and pictures Laura!!

  11. November 22, 2015    

    What a gorgeous sky in your top photo – and the golden yellow trees are spectacular.. Wowzers! I enjoyed your poem – I have a whole new appreciation for brown dead leaves on the ground, for I learned they provide the breeding ground for butterfly larvae….cool, hey? David Suzuki says not to rake them but leave them where they fall. Works for me, LOL.

    • November 23, 2015    

      Isn’t it incredible the life found under those brown leaves…we do not rake or remove them either as many insects overwinter here…and then in spring, they are food for newly arriving song birds and start the cycle of life again for more insects to be born!

  12. November 22, 2015    

    Very calming and assuring. A soothing warmth in the Fall.

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks James…it has been exactly that this year for fall.

  13. Brother Ollie Brother Ollie
    November 22, 2015    

    The time of slumber is indeed coming!

    • November 23, 2015    

      Time to pull the blankets tight!

  14. November 22, 2015    

    Beautiful. How I love the sky, in all seasons and at all times of the day. And trees. I have a particular weakness for the elegance of bare tree branches too.

    • November 23, 2015    

      I have come to love the bare branches too Soosie!

  15. November 22, 2015    

    You have captured the lingering falls days. We have been lucky with warmer than normal temps for this time of year. The photos are lovely.

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks Truedessa….Our weather has been the same here too…allowing us to savor the season!

  16. November 22, 2015    

    Oh, so beautiful…..the slumber of autumn leaves!

  17. November 22, 2015    

    Beautiful picture inspiring beautiful words.

    • November 23, 2015    

      You are so kind Rosemary…thank you!

  18. November 22, 2015    

    Despite the wild winds some of our autumn leaves are still clinging on!

    Beautiful images of your garden 🙂

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks Cherie! Aren’t those leaves amazing…

  19. November 22, 2015    

    Oh how I like this photograph! I truly love the aki no sora – sky of autumn – from early dawn to dark of night. Perfect poem for this photograph. a bit of wistful sadness at the passing of the seasons.

    • November 23, 2015    

      Oh I love your description of the photo…and yes a bit of sadness lingers.

  20. November 22, 2015    

    So delightful although of course the tree survives the winter only because it doesn’t have to sustain those leaves which would sap her strength.

    • November 23, 2015    

      And there in lies more of a metaphor…we have to shed the old to sustain ourselves…thanks for bringing that wonderful thought to me Robin!

  21. November 22, 2015    

    Love the colors in your poem, Donna! Esp. the contrast of ‘Weary and worn leaves’ with bright blue sky.

    • November 23, 2015    

      And that is the contrast that takes my breath away every fall!

  22. November 22, 2015    

    Your photos are always whatever the opposite of tiresome is.
    Just energizing and engaging.
    I love the skies…..thanks for sharing your Autumn skies.
    The color is beyond beautiful.
    Love your words and how you string them together so beautifully:)

    • November 23, 2015    

      Oh my beautiful friend….your words washed over me like a song…full of praise and gratitude!

  23. November 22, 2015    

    Perfect pictures and fine capture of the contrasts in your poem! I like the idea of a storm heightening vision instead of just taking the last of the leaves down.

    • November 23, 2015    

      It is a shift that shows itself in the light…thanks for these lovely words of praise Susan.

  24. November 22, 2015    

    Oh how I’m so sad that this beautiful season is almost over!!

    • November 23, 2015    

      And now the beginning of winter will be showing its own beauty!

  25. November 23, 2015    

    Good morning, your poem is very fitting for this time of the years. Our leaves our dropping quickly now but the skies have been beautiful. Lovely images and mosaic!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen…Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  26. November 23, 2015    

    Spectacular photos Donna. Your poem is lovely.

    • November 23, 2015    

      So pleased you enjoyed both Linda!!

  27. November 23, 2015    

    I think of Autumn as that later time in life time of mature knowing, as an epiphany and perhaps the fullness of wisdom. You capture it well with your words and photos,


    • November 23, 2015    

      I agree Elizabeth…it seems to be coming that way in my words as I age now….thanks so much for your wonderful comment.

  28. November 23, 2015    

    A beautiful Autumn Mosaic did you manage.
    Gorgeous colors convey a wonderful mood.
    Visited by “Mosak-iMonday”.
    This is my conntribution click
    Greetings from Germany

    • November 23, 2015    

      Oh thank you for your visit and lovely praise!

  29. November 23, 2015    

    Donna, your poem is beautiful, and the pictures are wonderful. I don’t get those sights here, so thank you. Your pictures are so gorgeous.

    • November 23, 2015    

      Thanks so much Myrna…and it is my pleasure to give you a chance to see my views!

  30. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    November 24, 2015    

    You’ve captured the essence of this poem with your photos Donna.

    • November 25, 2015    

      Thanks so much Judith…the words echo a scene that happens here in fall that is inspiring.

  31. November 25, 2015    

    Very beautiful photo. I am listening to them telling something to us in the stillness. I always like bared trees this time of the year.

    • November 25, 2015    

      Thank you…I love bare trees too!

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