Virginia Creeper – Laura Turner

a sea of coloration radiated from the dark

It is a homage to my S.A.D. and the necessity to find glimmers of light in the dark during the changing of the seasons.

Virginia Creeper

Weighed down with bags of shopping,​​

Heavy thoughts and weather grey,

I trudged on like a zombie 

through the car-parks empty bays.

“Get home” was my drab mantra, 

Through the autumn cold I traipsed

When, my footsteps turned a corner,

Changed my mundane worlds landscape.

At the library’s rear pathway

There, my breath caught at a sight,

Which swiftly helped to lift me from

My peevish, sorry plight…

….as a sea of coloration 

radiated from the dark,

draped lavishly emblazoned

across the library wall’s car-park.

Golds, yellows, ambers, reds

And other warm, rich flames,

Shone brightly from a leafy bed 

Of Virginia’s full flushed veins.

I saw a bench fortune had placed 

Across from my sweet treasure found,

As though it knew, this sweet spot graced

To stun spectators homeward bound.

I do not know how long I sat there,

Drinking in your beauties bliss

The grey and cold of my prior mood

Replaced, instead with your warm kiss.

I thought of you again that night,

Resolved the next day to return.

But, When I did to my soul’s plight 

I found your beauty had fast burned.

The winds had stripped most of your splendor

All scattered below where you’d plumed.

Car wheels and rain had turned your tender

leaves to mush, which once so bloomed.

But, for a moment I did mourn

The transience of nature’s way.

As I knew, your flames would be re-bourn:

Ignited in next year’s display!

Laura Turner

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