Poem by Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha
Summer collapses, comes the fall,
Fall and flutter autumn leaves:
Rusted, brown, yellow, tan,
Silent sad autumn leaves!
Once they waltzed with wind,
Now they lie on the ground;
Tell me why the cruel wind
Never feels for autumn leaves?
Divorced, bleached, full of dust,
The leaves whirl and twirl;
None can fathom the languid grief-
Wan and pallid autumn leaves!
‘Pestilence-stricken’, longing for life-
Lost lyrics in swell and wane
Like the mortals who ail and die–
Transient, fading autumn leaves!
Lengthening shadows, suspended breaths,
Ripples of silence ever widening–
I feel the hidden autumn in my life
Sharing the ruffles of autumn leaves!
A slip into sepia– grey horizons,
No cerulean skies at eventide:
The fading fires of sunset vault
Can’t lull my soul, O autumn leaves!
Copyright Dr. Ranjana Sharan Sinha