Lately I see
metaphors everywhere
in discontented November

with all the leaves down
like so many president’s men
layered after heavy rains,

stone-spoken vows
throat-caught, boughs broken,
promised light to remind us

that as with most metaphors
it always seems darkest
just before dawn

#2 of 30 Poems in November to benefit the Center for New Americans. Today’s theme (remember my kids made our themes for this month!) is AUTUMN LEAVES. I’ve also used Angie’s word list in the Imaginary Garden: GET LISTED


  1. I simply love this poem and how you slipped in the metaphors

  2. Marian, how cool that you've dove-tailed a word list with a cause we all can get behind with you and your kids. It's always darkest before the dawn, before we catch a glimpse of a welcoming smile directed right at us! You're my hero for doing something to welcome the displaced.

  3. This is soo cool! I love "with all the leaves down like so many president’s men layered after heavy rains".. such an apt image!

  4. I hope this is true. It's been getting darker all the time.

  5. A very nice take on all the prompts and it is politically very sound!

  6. A lovely poem. and such a good cause as well. I like the hope in this. for after all, November isn't dark, it is just asleep!

  7. I enjoyed the use of metaphors here. Good write!

  8. So nicely done, Marian! I enjoy discontented November and all its metaphors.

  9. I know that it will get even darker.. but December is lit by candles so maybe it's the beginning of the end.

  10. Oh I so hope this darkness is on the verge of light!

  11. "with all the leaves down
    like so many president’s men"

    Outstanding, Marian.

  12. Amazing how you have woven in all the prompts! Dawn, coming soon?

  13. Discontented November, yes in my Northern Hemisphere -~ I thoroughly enjoyed this.

  14. I love this poem, Marian! One of your very best in that it hits all the right notes.


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