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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: Come Harvest Time
By Catrina Bradley
09/02/09


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COME HARVEST TIME


Ava wakes to sparrow’s song
heralding dawn
and the balm of fall
fluttering in on dawn’s wing:
a harbinger
of harvest time.

Rising from her slumber,
she welcomes another day’s breaking,
but Ava is not mistaking
the herald’s proclamation of fall
riding in on dawn’s wing
with the hope
of harvest time.

Twas twelve months past
she last awakened
heart breaking open,
and taking wing at dawn
to welcome fall,
recalling once more
his promise to return
come harvest time.

The words he whispered
before he closed the door
behind him,
sealing off before from the morrow,
echo in her heart the year round.
“I’ll be back, you’ll see.
Pray for me.
And look for me this fall
come harvest time.”


Holed up in their shanty
Ava waited, marking time
by moon’s phases
and lines scratched on the door
that sealed off tomorrow from before
his promise to return
come harvest time.

Far too many
years
of months
of empty days
and lonely nights
have passed
for Ava to grasp
how long she’s been biding time
marking days
and seasons
waiting for
another
harvest time.

On this morning Ava rises
answering the sparrow’s call
with psalms of praise
and promise
of hope restored,
of bounties
stocked up for the morrow
that could be waiting now today
just outside the door.
It’s harvest time

She bathes and powders,
dresses in her Sunday best
dons jewelry, bracelets, rings,
adorns herself in finery,
and perches on the front porch swing
to watch, and listen, for signs
of his return
riding in on fall’s wing.
It’s harvest time.


There Ava passes
from today
into the harvest
of evermore.


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Laury Hubrich 09/03/09
I like the story you told through this poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/03/09
Your free verse is written beautifully with the promise of harvest finally made clear at the end. The first stanza was my favorite, poetically.
Terry Atchison09/03/09
Beautiful! I love the story and the style.
Charla Diehl 09/04/09
I felt sad for Ava as she waited for the return of a lost love that never came--but when I got to the end I felt I may have misinterpreted this lovely poem. The ending clearly speaks of going to her eternal home.
Karie McCaffity09/09/09
What a beautiful picture you have painted. I can see her waiting to be reunited.
Jan Ackerson 09/09/09
Cat--this is AWESOME! So poignant and bittersweet, kind of heartbreaking, actually, and using so many poetic tricks!

One of my fave poems here, ever. Whoop!
Allen Stark09/09/09
I find it amazing how a complete story can be told in so few words by those having the gift of poetry.
Bryan Ridenour09/09/09
Beautifully written, with a wonderful story told. Well done.
Betty Castleberry09/09/09
Beautiful! I would say you are a "real" poet.

The theme reminds me a little of the Tanya Tucker song, "Delta Dawn." I'm not making a comparison, though. This is much more sophisticated. Two thumbs up for this well done poem.
Ada Nett09/09/09
Wistful words painting a poignant picture...and it left me wondering "Why" he never came back...
Excellent poetry!
~Cathy~
Karlene Jacobsen 09/09/09
I am definitely NO poet, but this is lovely. I especially like the end.
Pamela Kliewer09/09/09
Oooh! Wow... great poem!
Mona Purvis09/09/09
Such longing and yearning. This is very deep and takes some pondering to appreciate fully.

Mona
Carol Slider 09/09/09
I'm not a poet, but I think this bittersweet story with its vivid imagery is absolutely lovely! I love your use of repetition (come harvest time, it's harvest time, etc.).
Mariane Holbrook09/10/09
If you don't win EC with this one, I'll eat my proverbial hat! Big time kudos, my friend! **grin**