It’s sad that leaves burn
twice in Fall
first on the branch then
in the pyre,
Burning matches struck
a fate for Autumn colors,
A keening cloud
hides tiny hands
the saved ‘tween leaves
of poets’ lyre
and all the children cry for one
more Autumn rain.
(posted and written for: #WSStudioPic (Wordsmith Studio’s Weekly Photo Prompt:This week’s theme is: Orange)and also for the November PAD Prompt 1 “Matches”)
Backstory: In 1953, Frank O’Hara, a New York School of Poets poet wrote a series of twelve poems entitled: .“Oranges: 12 Pastorals” based on his theme: “Oranges.”
And yet, he never once mentions the word or color Orange. Then in 1957 he wrote a poem entitled: “Why I am not a Painter” in which he cleverly addresses his series of Orange poems that never mention the word orange. You can read about the poem at Modern American Poetry. There’s a whole lot to say about this poem but I decided to combine his idea of not mentioning orange with the WordSmith Studio photo prompt and with the very first November 2012 PAD prompt. (Yikes, I must be mad!)
9 thoughts on “Orange Matches”
Nay, not mad…just joined to all the other good-crazy poets. That is an interesting concept though to write of something with out mentioning it. I think I did that for a prompt…but I don’t remember which one.
Best to you.
Good job of using the prompt. Nice photo and poem. I am intrigued by the backstory. I’ll look for his poems. Double duty is always nice.
Thanks for stopping by, Melody. Yeah, conserving challenges is the key to sanity.
Nicely done JLynn! Don’t you love combining the challenges? I love it.
Wouldn’t have it any other way!!
Lovely poem, and particularly wonderful with the background story to it. Nice work.
Great poem! And what a lovely fit for both prompts!!