Steve Meador is the author of Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, a poetry book that was an entrant for a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He is widely published in online and print journals. He has been a real estate broker since the early 1980s and currently lives and practices in the Tampa, FL, area.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Geishas of Autumn

Geishas of Autumn

The tulips have danced
and bowed, the daylilies departed
from single afternoons in the sun,
the goldenrod remains as stringy
veins without ore.

A breeze rides like samurai
through the oaks and maples,
herds of severed leaves gallop
across the sidewalk.

Before the goldfinches took tour
they drained their summer
plumage onto the ginkgo.

Beneath the temple of branches
a thousand Lilliputian geishas,
porcelain faces tilted upward,
patiently wait
for their fans to fall.

This poem first appeared in Umbrella Journal

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