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The Jollity of Gregor Greenleaf

They always said I’m not a leaf,
But now I am their thief of time.
I revel in their Autumn grief.

They needled me for my belief
I served the same as them for pine.
They always said I’m not a leaf.

They fall low to earth by the sheaf
Centipedal abodes to line:
I revel in their Autumn grief.

Deciduous leaves lives are brief,
If I shed tears, they’re sweet, not brine.
They always said I’m not a leaf.

Emptied by wind is their old fief,
While we green needles hang on fine.
I revel in their Autumn grief.

Still these fools shout at me their beef
As they fall to their dooms, not mine.
They always said I’m not a leaf;
I revel in their Autumn grief.


This is the fifth and final 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, The Utter Confusion of Agnes the Orange, and The Despair of Bathilda the Brown. The poems take the form of villanelles. It is also part of our ongoing Group Writing project. The September theme is Autumn Colors. You might also be interested in signing up for October’s group writing theme of Trick or Treat.

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  1. Judge Mental Member

    Gregor Greenleaf, known as Gregor the Vindictive.

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    • September 26, 2019, at 11:18 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Gregor Greenleaf, known as Gregor the Vindictive.

    Yes, could have been called The Schadenfreude of Gregor the Vindictive, but let’s be nice.

    • #2
    • September 26, 2019, at 11:20 PM PDT
    • 10 likes
  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    If you missed any of the early installments, do go back and read them all!

    This post is part of our Group Writing Series under the September 2019 Group Writing Theme: “Autumn Colors.” October’s theme is “Trick or Treat!” Treat yourself to a post, nothing tricky about it. Our schedule and sign-up sheet awaits.

    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.

    • #3
    • September 26, 2019, at 11:35 PM PDT
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  4. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    They needled me for my belief

    There’s a lot of that going around.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:20 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  5. KentForrester Moderator

    Arahant, I think you have little competition for a poetry prize among those who anthropomorphize tree leaves.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:22 AM PDT
    • 8 likes
  6. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “…Arahant’s poetry series Autumn Colors, winner of five Leafys…”

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:25 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  7. Judge Mental Member

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    “…Arahant’s poetry series Autumn Colors, winner of five Leafys…”

    Hard to believe, what with the SJWs trying to take over the Leafys the way they did the Hugo Award.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:31 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  8. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Gregor Greenleaf, known as Gregor the Vindictive.

    Yes, could have been called The Schadenfreude of Gregor the Vindictive, but let’s be nice.

    Why start now?

    • #8
    • September 27, 2019, at 3:47 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  9. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Percival (View Comment):
    Why start now?

    Have you oiled your armor lately?

    • #9
    • September 27, 2019, at 8:16 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Arahant, I think you have little competition for a poetry prize among those who anthropomorphize tree leaves.

    If the scope of the prizes is narrow enough, everyone can win something.

    • #10
    • September 27, 2019, at 8:17 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  11. MeandurΦ Member
    MeandurΦ Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Arahant, I think you have little competition for a poetry prize among those who anthropomorphize tree leaves.

    If the scope of the prizes is narrow enough, everyone can win something.

    Thats how all the local tv stations do it.

    • #11
    • September 27, 2019, at 9:38 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  12. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    MeanDurphy (View Comment):
    Thats how all the local tv stations do it.

    Sounds like a separate post. Maybe we could get @garymcvey to do it?

     

    • #12
    • September 27, 2019, at 9:54 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  13. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Why start now?

    Have you oiled your armor lately?

    The pages are out rolling it around the courtyard in a barrel with oil and sand in it.

    Then they curry the horses. Then comes heraldry class.

    • #13
    • September 27, 2019, at 9:55 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  14. MeandurΦ Member
    MeandurΦ Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Why start now?

    Have you oiled your armor lately?

    The pages are out rolling it around the courtyard in a barrel with oil and sand in it.

    Then they curry the horses. Then comes heraldry class.

    I thought heraldry was rainy day training. When is the pell training?

    • #14
    • September 27, 2019, at 10:29 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  15. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    MeanDurphy (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Why start now?

    Have you oiled your armor lately?

    The pages are out rolling it around the courtyard in a barrel with oil and sand in it.

    Then they curry the horses. Then comes heraldry class.

    I thought heraldry was rainy day training. When is the pell training?

    They’ll be squires one day. You don’t want to rush combat training.

    • #15
    • September 27, 2019, at 10:33 AM PDT
    • 4 likes

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