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111th Weekly Poetry Contest honorable mention: Adrift

by Ryan Stone

The last leaves are golden,
most have already flown.
Branches hang bare
beneath ashen skies.
Not so different from when you climbed,
hand over slow hand, waging a war
inside your young mind. One leaf
breaks free, hangs on a moment,
before slipping into the maelstrom.
I imagine a short fall,
sharp jerk and silence;
but it's only a leaf and spirals away,
no note to mark its passing.

- Ryan Stone

first published in Poppy Road Review, June 2016

111th Weekly Poetry Contest