Ode to the Autumn Leaves

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Just because there are many who may look like you, doesn't mean that they are the same as you. There's only one, you, in existence. And weather or not your impact is small or big, someone is gonna remember you.

I drift away slowly in the air,

My colors changed from a lovely emerald,

To an ugly brown.

I’m not orange, or red,

I’m brown, unlike the others.

Only in this time of year do people actually like my color.

I fall for only a second

But that feels like an eternity.

Maybe if I’m lucky the wind will pick me up,

And either I’ll float through the air like a sailboat,

Before hitting the ground.

Or I’ll hit the ground first,

And then be whisked away to some far off land,

With my brothers and sisters in tow.

We could land in some lush green field,

Or maybe in a river,

Or a sea.

Or possibly we just hit the ground,

Destined to be trodded on,

And then stuck to the ground by everlasting rain.

But, you never know,

Maybe when it’s all said and done,

And the ground freezes over,

And I fade into nothingness,

People actually remember seeing me.

There are many who were brown,

Same as me,

But none of them were actually like me.

There’s a million brown ones,

That fall each and every day,

Same as me,

But they aren’t me,

Each one is special.

I think that we are like the snowflakes,

Just like them,

No two leaves,

Are exactly the same.

Submitted: August 22, 2015

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H. Adams

Lovely poem about originality. There are too many people wanting to be somebody fake in the media, not making their own life... It's a thing i feel super strong about, so it's nice to see a dedicated poem on it from you. I liked the near-rhymes dotted around, gave a flow that wasn't too much or too little. I feel like color could've made this even better than it is (like make the text brown when you say brown, orange when you say orange, multiple colors when you talk about no two leaves being the same, etc etc) and would've strengthened it even more, but that's coming from someone who uses color on almost all of their poems lol. Very nice work. I'm also loving the new profile picture :)

Tue, August 25th, 2015 7:28am


You know what, that's actually a good idea. I'm gonna add that in cause I never think about adding colors. Thank you for the suggestion. I've always liked that picture so it's nice to see someone else does too, lol. Thanks for reading!

Tue, August 25th, 2015 10:04am


Wow this is one powerful poem. Interesting how you took first person from a leaf, and used that to relate to humanity. The colors really do it too, like a highlight; especially at the end to deliver the message. This has got to be one of the best poems I've read, and is my favorite of yours so far. Well done!

Sat, August 29th, 2015 12:59am


Thank you! It was actually Hanorbi's idea to add the colors in, and I loved that idea so I'm glad someone else does too! This is like my first time doing first person pov from an inanimate object so i'm glad it worked. I did relate to like in the beginning it's like someone with low self esteem who doesn't like themselves, but then by the end they realize they have a lot of work. And thank you very much for that praise! I'm really glad people are loving what I write!

Fri, August 28th, 2015 6:33pm


People are often trying to live up to impossible expectations they or others have set for themselves, and trying to be someone they're not. They try to be perfect, BUT, there is no such thing as perfect. I always try for the next best thing. I may not be perfect, but at least I'm my own person and I'm unique, just like snowflakes and leaves. I do like the idea of using different colours for the colours. I did something like that with one of my poems, but the poem itself was a mess so I took it down. Well anyway, I really liked this poem of yours, and it really does have a great message, therefore, making this poem even better :) Well done :)

Sat, October 17th, 2015 11:07pm


Yeah that's part of what inspired me to do this. Not only the issue with perfectionism (don't we all struggle with that at one point) and the concept of individuality. If it was closer to wintertime it could've been about snowflakes, haha. I'm glad you liked it. Always nice to see some feedback :D

Sat, October 17th, 2015 6:17pm

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