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October Leaves

Published October 29, 2014 by Elsa Pla

This past summer I taught a fun writing class on creating stories through comics. I learned a lot of new things about comic books and even created my own! I’ll share some of the skills I learned in a later post.

In August I started working as part-time middle school librarian. I love it! I’ve been very busy, but also quite happy. I had to put my writing and blogging on hold for a while, but now that I’m getting the hang of things at my new job, I’m ready to get back on the writing/blogging saddle.

I’m working on revising a collection of poems that I plan on self-publishing as an ebook. I’m trying to focus on imagery and simplicity. Easier said than done! Fresh images are difficult to create, and simplicity is hard work. I thought I’d be able to breeze through this project, but I was ridiculously wrong. I’m going to have to settle for a summer of 2015 publication date.

Anyway, it’s October–the most amazing month of the year–so here’s an inspirational autumn poem:

October Splendor



Oh, riotous autumn!
Summer greens pale and
Give way to the splendor of
Your burgundy reds and fiery oranges,
Your golden yellows and rusty browns,
Expectancy and possibility
Painted on each and every
Leaf that falls.

Lit by sunlight,
The luminous leaves explode.
The world is aflame!
Trees glow like bonfires,
Leaves drop like sparks
Igniting the ground
With golden fire.

I walk the flaming corridors of fall,
Embracing the blazing colors
Until I, too, catch fire
And join the conflagration:
Life, like a phoenix,
Burning itself up;
A million willing flames
Heralding rebirth and hope.

Copyright © 2011 Elsa Pla