Autumn Colors: The Despair of Bathilda the Brown

 

The Despair of Bathilda the Brown

Oh, the deep, dark despair of Bathilda the Brown!
Her days were numbered from the first day she sprouted.
She’ll destroy her last looks with a dreadful, damp frown.

Her ev’ry dear neighbor is painted like a clown,
She hears the laughter as her name, it is shouted.
Oh, the deep, dark despair of Bathilda the Brown!

She long lovingly labored to brighten the town,
but now her old beauty is certainly doubted.
She’ll destroy her last looks with a dreadful, damp frown.

She once was the beauty of a red oak’s high crown.
Wellaway, wellaway! Her aspect is routed.
Oh, the deep, dark despair of Bathilda the Brown!

So tired of holding against the wind blowing down,
She is losing the strength of the oak oft touted.
She’ll destroy her last looks with a dreadful, damp frown.

For her beauty, do any recall her renown?
She is battered and beaten, her last will flouted.
Oh, the deep, dark despair of Bathilda the Brown!
She’ll destroy her last looks with a dreadful, damp frown.


This is the Fourth in a series of poems called Leaf Droppings after The Life and Times of Leif the Red, On the Tragic Fall of Maurice the Yellow, and The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange. The poems take the form of villanelles. It is also part of our ongoing Group Writing project. The September theme is Autumn Colors.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    It is definitely more fun read aloud. The more portentous the voice, the better.

    • #1
    • September 21, 2019, at 10:56 PM PDT
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  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    This poem is the fourth in a cycle of five chronicling leaves’ lives. It 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.

    • #2
    • September 22, 2019, at 1:14 AM PDT
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  3. Boss Mongo Member

    Dude, you’re harshing my mellow.

    • #3
    • September 22, 2019, at 9:22 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Judge Mental Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dude, you’re harshing my mellow.

    Nah man, yellow was a few days ago.

    • #4
    • September 22, 2019, at 9:55 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  5. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dude, you’re harshing my mellow.

    You’ll like Gregor then. He’s coming up later in the week.

    • #5
    • September 22, 2019, at 10:23 AM PDT
    • 4 likes