Saturday 30 October 2010


Listening to October rain
prepare Winter's stones
for the coming festival of cold
And the stripping away of gold
and green,

I see trees denude themselves
in a demystification of old -
the ritual celebration of bones.

Above the silent dates of tombs,
the sky hovers, blue and unsure
of beauty's welcome here -

but this is the time
for the colour change;

Not quite black yet,
these are the shades of grey.

- Shaista Tayabali, 2010
(illustration from Magpie Tales, online creative writing group)


Tess Kincaid said...

Shaista! This is simply beautiful! I especially like the closing line..."not quite black yet, these are the shades of grey".

Welcome to Magpie, dear friend! So fun to have you participate. xx

Brian Miller said...

ritual celebration of bones...nice description of the season...nice magpie!

The Blog of Bee said...

A perfect description of autumn into winter. Wonderful words,

Kathe W. said...

shades of grey- just great!

Vinay Leo R. said...

what a vivid description.. its like the fall is dying and winter is being born.. lovely wordplay!

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gautami tripathy said...

This is so good!

tablet of time

Uma Anandane said...

vivid thoughts!nice magpie

Lydia said...

Yours is a brilliant mapgie. Even without the image I would see what you have described.

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

yes to that.

Helen said...

This was incredibly beautiful!!!

S said...

Shaista - you really have talent! I love reading your poetry :)

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