Poem of the Day

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Today’s Poem of the Day was composed by a group of elderly people in a Victorian nursing home under the leadership of Robyn Youll who presents poetry readings and workshops to them weekly. The poem was inspired by ‘Leaves’, a recent Poem of the Day.

 

Leaves

 

In Autumn

English Invaders

shed

Crackling – underfoot,

Gutter – clogging,

Wind – dancing,

Leaves

 

Australian Eucalypts

stubbornly

cling to

hard leaves

shiny leaves

fire-loving leaves

harsh climate leaves.

 

Evergreen Eucalypts

shed

bark instead

 

English Leaves

paint

Autumn

Bronze

Scarlet

Yellow

Gold

Then

English Leaves

Paint

Spring

Green

Again

 

In

Summer

Eucalyptus Leaves

Bushfire scarlet.

 

Providence U3A: 26th May: Prudence Marsh. (Prudence Marsh in the nom-de-plume for Group Poetry)

Prompt: Di Bates Poem: Leaves.

Present: Ted, Verna, Lucy, Margaret W.,M.[briefly] Joyce,Dorothy, Sirkka, Pat, Betty R.,F., Melvie.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Poem of the Day

  1. An excellent poem and it’s great to see our senior citizens working together so creatively, and so well. Rarely has grey matter been put to such good use.

  2. I’ve come over all warm and fuzzy!See what you’ve started Di.Just shows what poetry can do.Laurels all round.Big hug.Anne

  3. Thank you Di – the ladies will be so thrilled tomorrow. I’m going to back to back & laminate a copy for each one of them. To each it will represent a pinnacle in a life they assumed was over. It is their beginning as poets – not the end as old and unable. Have 6 Acrostic Birthday poems for June – Nursing Home Tradition – a framed or laminated Acrostic Poem to celebrate a resident’s birthday – two book reviews due June 15 for Faithfully Yours – the Monthly Mag of Geelong Obedience Dog Club [I’m Librarian] – but Poetry & Senile Dementia has been started. – don’t worry. Yesterday – two funerals – Ray & Alma + Spine C.T.. Ray’s family produced a commemorative bookmark with Ray’s Poem Ha’Penny on the back! A sense of closure! Thank you for your support. Kind Regards Robyn

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