Autumn Colors: The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange

 

The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange

Agnes looks low upon her flat sides.
“How did I ever get to be orange?”
She is baffled by seasonal tides.

Agnes had thought she had green insides.
Now her color is warmer in tinge.
Agnes looks low upon her flat sides.

Agnes studied on October’s ides,
“Do my edges indeed have a fringe?”
She is baffled by seasonal tides.

Old leaf tales she would always deride,
But now finds here the ultimate plunge.
Agnes looks low upon her flat sides.

That she has a drop can’t be denied;
As she looks down, she feels quite a twinge.
She is baffled by seasonal tides.

As her stem lets go where it had died,
Soft she flutters on down with a cringe.
Agnes looks low upon her flat sides;
She is baffled by seasonal tides.


This is the third in a series of poems called Leaf Droppings after The Life and Times of Leif the Red and On the Tragic Fall of Maurice the Yellow. The poems take the form of villanelles. It is also part of our ongoing Group Writing project. The September theme is Autumn Colors. There is still one date available this month, September 26, and I’m sure next month’s theme and sign-up sheet will appear soon.

I hope you enjoy it and feel free to put your own verses in the conversation, or perhaps some pictures of confused orange leaves.

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There are 6 comments.

  1. Mark Camp Member

    Poetry for me’s an exotic land; this rare visit is one I enjoyed. I should turn some old leaves on my own but I don’t , so it’s good that you offer some new ones.

     

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    • September 21, 2019, at 4:47 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Poetry for me’s an exotic land; this rare visit is one I enjoyed. I should turn some old leaves on my own but I don’t , so it’s good that you offer some new ones.

    And two more to go in this series. It’s nice to have a bit of light verse on Ricochet to help balance the rather less-light news.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 7:27 AM PDT
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  3. D.B. Wickowitz Coolidge

    One thing I know about poetry: Read it aloud.

    Reciting The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange was a delight.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 2:56 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    D.B. Wickowitz (View Comment):

    One thing I know about poetry: Read it aloud.

    Reciting The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange was a delight.

    Thank you.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  5. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    This installation in a series of posts is part of our Group Writing Series under the September 2019 Group Writing Theme: “Autumn Colors.” The month is filled out, look for October’s theme “Trick or Treat” to be published in a day or so!

    Interested in Group Writing topics that came before? See the handy compendium of monthly themes. Check out links in the Group Writing Group. You can also join the group to get a notification when a new monthly theme is posted.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 8:05 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    The next entry in the series is available:

    The Despair of Bathilda the Brown.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 10:13 PM PDT
    • 3 likes