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Poem: Change

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Billybuc's Writing Challenge

On December 9, 2020 Bill Holland challenged us to write a story or a poem.

The rules are pretty simple. He gave us three photo prompts that we must use in our writing creation.

I cannot upload the exact photos Bill chose for us, but I have posted three similar ones that I believe will work.

The one with a stop sign had a Street sign for Miller Ave in Bill's picture, so I added the words to my picture.

My passion is poetry so a poem it shall be!

Poem Summary

Change is a poem which was written for billybuc's writing challenge. It compares the changing color of a tree's leaves to our own life cycle. "Seasons change and so must we". Life hits her with a curve ball forcing her to move into a new home, something she thought was behind her.

"Change by Blind Melon"

poem-change

Change

Leaves transforming before her eyes,

displaying a magical wonder

with beautiful shades of bright orange and yellow,

reminding her it’s time to prepare

for life’s next cycle.


Tears silently dropping from her heartbroken eyes,

as she remembers the saying

“Seasons change and so must we”,

as she unpacks the last few boxes.


In all her years, she never dreamed

a curve ball like this would hit,

making her start anew

like a teenager getting his first apartment.


She thought those days were behind her,

as she peers out the window

from the two thousand block of Miller Avenue,

stopping for a moment

to breathe in her new surroundings.

"Starting Over" by Chris Stapleton

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 18, 2020:

Ann,

Thank you.

Change is sad sometimes, but it does happen to all of us and we have to move on.

Have a nice day.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 18, 2020:

I like the analogy of autumn and life having to change. We can't stop it so we have to move on. Sometimes these things are decided for us.

Poignant yet resigned and hopeful.

Ann

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 16, 2020:

Linda,

Thank you so much!

I appreciate you reading.

Take care and have a nice day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 15, 2020:

Change seems to be inevitable for many of us in our life. Your description of the woman's feelings is lovely, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 15, 2020:

Lora,

Thank you so much for this lovely reponse.

I love this way of thinking about it...

Life changes like the seasons whether we are prepared or not.

Thanks again and take care.

Lora Hollings on December 14, 2020:

This is a splendid poem, Brenda. Life changes like the seasons whether we are prepared or not. It is the one thing we can be certain of. It is always so difficult to start over and yet we are called upon to do this many times in our lives. You really got this point across in your poem. I really enjoyed reading it!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Ankita,

Thank you.

I have replied to this 3 times...I hope this one works.

I am grateful that you enjiy this poem.

The seasons of our lives very much resemble the changing of seasons.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Peggy,

I love your comment.

Indeed it would be beautiful.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Ankita,

Thank you.

It does seem that our lives change just like the seasons.

Take care.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2020:

Change is inevitable as we go forward in life. The fall-colored leaves are so beautiful. It would be wonderful if all the seasons of our lives could match that beauty.

Ankita B on December 14, 2020:

Beautiful poem, Brenda. The change in our lives is very much similar to the change in seasons. Wonderfully written.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Bill,

Thank you so much.

I'm glad I worked on this one and had it ready to post last night.

Your challenges do inspire us to be creative.

Thank you and take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 14, 2020:

Beautifully written, my friend. Thank you for taking part in the challenge. You met it head-on and dazzled with your words.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you so much!!

I'm glad to have your stamp of enthusiasm.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Pamela,

Thank you.

I suppose life really does change like each season.

I hope it makes us stronger along the way also.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

John,

Sorry to hear about your son's misfortune with his housing.

I pray he and his family can spend Christmas there and that they can find the perfect place to live.

Here it is often cheaper to buy a home.

Change is always difficult.

Thank you for stopping by for a read.

Have a Merry Christmas Season.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 14, 2020:

Cheryl,

Thank you.

I appreciate your kindness.

Take care and have a nice day.

manatita44 from london on December 14, 2020:

The poem is quite powerful! A beautiful piece!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 14, 2020:

I think you wrote a wonderful poem in respnse to Bill's challenge. I think there is a great deal of truth in your words, Brenda. Times in our lives do change very much like the seasons.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 14, 2020:

A wonderful poetic response to Bill's challenge, Brenda. Moving house is such a difficult thing, as is change in general. My son was just recently given notice the owner is selling the house they are in and so they need to find a new one to rent...not that easy with five children and Christmas almost upon us.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 13, 2020:

Very enlightening article. Thank you