• kayliehilliker submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a poem about what you are grateful for in your lifeWrite a poem about what you are grateful for in your life 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    My Leaves

    Cars, silhouettes against the pavement, chatter in the city streets, buzzing socialization in restaurants and bars, neon lights under autumn atmospheres.
    The traffic never stops, only surges
    moment by moment fast-forward
    till chaos becomes the norm,
    and my headspace has built itself an empire
    of skyscrapers, stop signs and red lights, faces blurring along the roadside.
    And the engines roar
    and the engines sputter,
    as I take my route to my abode
    roommates on planes or driving home for the holiday.
    I park my Hyundai up to the front door, key unlocks and suddenly –

    Visions outside my window quiet the noise.
    Leaves cascading in bronze, gold, silver,
    skyline indigo; blinding blue above.
    I slumber into the leaves, sinking into the pile.
    Maybe it’s ok to stay for a while?
    Maybe to break down, to rot,
    disintegrate, to simply exist in another way.
    Into the earth, into the ground.
    Into the roots, into the soils.
    Where no one is around.
    It’s moments like these I’m grateful for,
    Where my headspace falls into place
    no traffic
    no distractions
    just me, and my leaves.

    Kaylie Hilliker

    Voting starts February 15, 2024 12:00am

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