Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. If I Were a Leaf, I Would Fall for You

 

If I were a leaf, I would fall for you.
From high atop the highest tree, I’d spy
As you came forth and topple through the blue
To meet your shoe as it kicked me up high,
To fall and rise once more and tumble nigh
That shoe to be kicked again as my plan
To be near your feet or fluttering high,
To always be your leaf that takes the van.
I am no falling leaf; I am a man,
A tired, old mortal with little play
Where once I strolled and kicked the leaves and ran
Beside you. Then I matched you fey for fey.
Good days come and good days go. Good days fade.
But those memories I would never trade.

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    This is an entry in our Group Writing project. Tomorrow and Thursday are still open, if you’d like to try your hand at “If I was a —, I would —.”

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    • September 22, 2020, at 12:57 AM PDT
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If I was a poem, I’d start with a line

    about leaving alone or leafing through a book

    high atop a high thing like a poet’s gaze. Mine

    would fit like a shoe if the previous crook

    would keep his rhymes easy. The meter I took

    from rising and falling, the egos of men

    in shadows of fey ever worthy a look

    (more often falling — since there we begin

    and linger a while, if I’m honest.) The sin

    is that poets can kick around rhymes in the night

    while smart people sleep. Oh, they dream and they grin

    for chasing fair fey that hearts set alight! 

    The sleeping man catches his dream at the bell

    while poets keep kicking at lines. Just as well.

     

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    • September 22, 2020, at 1:54 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    would keep his rhymes easy.

    Blame it on Spenser.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:30 AM PDT
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  4. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You two are extremely delightful. <warm fuzzies>

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    • September 22, 2020, at 2:51 AM PDT
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  5. She Reagan
    SheJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    would keep his rhymes easy.

    Blame it on Spenser.

    I always do.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:16 AM PDT
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  6. KentForrester Moderator

    What’s with you and Miller? Are you guys trying to bring back the word “fey.” Good luck with that. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:33 AM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    She (View Comment):
    I always do.

    It’s a good policy.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:34 AM PDT
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  8. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    What’s with you and Miller? Are you guys trying to bring back the word “fey.” Good luck with that.

    I think he was just copying my usage. As for me, I’m older than the altars of the West, and many’s the word I cleave to my breast.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:36 AM PDT
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  9. Stina Member

    Arahant: That shoe to be kicked again as my plan
    To be near your feet or fluttering high,

    Stockholm poetry.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:40 AM PDT
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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Stina (View Comment):
    Stockholm poetry.

    Heh. Wasn’t meant in that way, but that is a funny thought.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:42 AM PDT
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  11. KentForrester Moderator

    Arahant (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    What’s with you and Miller? Are you guys trying to bring back the word “fey.” Good luck with that.

    I think he was just copying my usage. As for me, I’m older than the altars of the West, and many’s the word I cleave to my breast.

    Well, just cleave away, if thou must. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 5:49 AM PDT
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  12. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    What’s with you and Miller? Are you guys trying to bring back the word “fey.” Good luck with that.

    The women, good sir! We bring the women! ;)

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    • September 22, 2020, at 6:09 AM PDT
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  13. Doug Kimball Thatcher

    I love a good sonnet. Thanks A and A.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 12:15 PM PDT
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  14. Boss Mongo Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    would keep his rhymes easy.

    Blame it on Spenser.

    Man, that guy was a great private eye.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  15. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    would keep his rhymes easy.

    Blame it on Spenser.

    Man, that guy was a great private eye.

    Hawk makes me laugh.

    “I might need some support,” Hawk said.

    “You might?”

    “Yeah. Pay’s lousy.”

    “How much?” I said.

    “I’m getting nothing.”

    “I’ll take half,” I said.

    “You ain’t worth half,” Hawk said. “Besides I got the job and already put in a lot of time on it. Give you a third.”

    “Cheap bastard,” I said.

    “Take it or leave it,” Hawk said.

    “Okay,” I said, “you got me over a barrel. I’m in for a third.”

    — Double Deuce, Robert B. Parker

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    • September 23, 2020, at 1:15 PM PDT
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  16. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    Man, that guy was a great private eye.

    Suddenly, I am picturing an Elizabethan private eye novel.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 2:20 PM PDT
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  17. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    Man, that guy was a great private eye.

    Suddenly, I am picturing an Elizabethan private eye novel.

    You never read any of the Spenser books? They’re good.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 2:32 PM PDT
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  18. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You probably never read any of the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald.

    Mongo practically lives a Travis McGee novel. He just has to move to Fort Lauderdamndale, live aboard a houseboat (slip F-18, Bahia Mar Marina), and explain to Mrs. Mongo about all the bikini-clad women hanging around.

    That last one could get him killed.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 2:38 PM PDT
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  19. Arahant Member
    Arahant

    Percival (View Comment):
    You never read any of the Spenser books? They’re good.

    Sure, but they aren’t Elizabethan. Also remember the TV show with Robert Urich and Avery Brooks as Hawk.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 2:52 PM PDT
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  20. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    You never read any of the Spenser books? They’re good.

    Sure, but they aren’t Elizabethan. Also remember the TV show with Robert Urich and Avery Brooks as Hawk.

    I never watched the TV show.

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    • September 23, 2020, at 3:00 PM PDT
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  21. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    Avery Brooks as Hawk.

    I love Avery Brooks. Captain Sisko is a god…

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    • September 23, 2020, at 6:26 PM PDT
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