Transition – A Poem by Ken Gierke

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Autumn – Konstantin Korovin

Submitted by Ken Gierke

 

Wait for the brink of the falls to touch the roiling waters at its base,

or the maple to bend its branches to kiss the leaves lying at its feet.

One drop will follow another, and the precipice remain.

New buds will open, and the tree stand tall.

But autumn leaves will crest those falls, kiss the waters waiting below.

I will breathe the mist hanging motionless.

The moment will end.

My life will continue,

each moment on the cusp.


About the Poet

Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties, but found new focus when he retired. It also gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. His work has appeared at Ekphrastic Review and Tuck Magazine.  You can find his website here.


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19 thoughts

  1. I’m so used to reading only haiku and related forms from Ken. This is lovely. I particularly like these final lines:
    “I will breathe the mist hanging motionless.
    The moment will end.
    My life will continue,
    each moment on the cusp.”
    That sense of time stopping for a moment, and then life going on.

    1. Thank you for this, Merril. Yes, I have had a long run of Japanese poetry lately, haven’t I?
      I don’t think I’ve ever ignored “the moment,” but, with fewer years ahead than behind, I now appreciate each one just a little more.

  2. Ken, this is a beautiful poem and deserves its place. I like the whole but wanted to quote
    two line ” But autumn leaves will crest those falls, kiss the waters waiting below.
    I will breathe the mist hanging motionless.”

    So dreamy and mystic.

    Miriam

  3. Beautifully articulated – fallen leaves coming over the edge of a waterfall is a fitting metaphor for “autumn years” – yesterday’s lush foliage fallen soggy but still colorful and stirring to one’s imagination. However many days may remain, I hope all are filled with imagination – and poetry like this.

  4. Ken, an enchanting poem. I felt your heart, tender wise soul. I always love reading your haiku, renga and now I am in awe.

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