Visual Poetry #19 (Not Only Because I have to)

…looking at these leaves of autumn takes on a more deeper meaning…they sting my heart…and photographing them is hard…because i see sadness written all over…but i have to do it…i just have to do it…and i am moved to write this:

alone…in the cold, cold night…autumn leaves silently fall away in the dark…your memories struggle not to fade away…time passes…one day the snow will cover everything…birds will take flight in sadness…and the crickets will be silent…how strange, how strange…this loss…this feeling of emptiness…this longing heart…

…there will be more autumns to come…and for as long as i am able to do it, i will continuously take pictures of the leaves…not only because i have to…but because…my heart tells me not to forget…


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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8 Responses to Visual Poetry #19 (Not Only Because I have to)

  1. bebs1 says:

    I love the prose on this one but it shouldn’t be sadness that fills your heart. Everything will all come back in Spring when they come fresh and rejuvenated just like a human heart. We all need a break.

    • …thanks for the thoughts, Lou. autumn is my favourite time of the year and all that comes with it: the coolness, the crispiness of the air, the explosion of beautiful colours of the leaves as they change and eventually vanish completely…then there is also the melancholiness associated with it…some say it is depressing (and i respect them for that), but for me, i find it beautiful…and i always love soaking in its inherent beauty…let’s just say i find something beautiful in melancholiness, in loneliness, in sadness…i feel more creative in this other dimension of life…but this does not rule out my love for spring; but my love affair with spring is not as intense as my love for autumn…by the way, happy thanksgiving…:)

  2. Joycelyn says:

    Virgilio, for me the photo looks fascinating in black in white. You captured the beauty of autumn in a different way. At times, when sadness fills us, the world turns like your photo above. Just black, gray and white, but I have to agree with Bebs, we all need a break. Wait for the a new season… hoping happiness will find it’s way soon to your heart.

    • hi Joycelyn, appreciate your thoughtful comments…every year, especially in autumn, i feel a deepening acceptance of life as it goes through a wonderful transition…could be the age factor 🙂 and that sentimental side of me …as i told Lou (Bebs) i feel more creative and more inspired when i tackle melancholiness in my writings and photography as i see and intuit the hidden dimension of its beauty…there is poignancy as well as relief, solace and even the presence of joy in some instances…i love spring but not as intense as my love for autumn…thanks again…

  3. rey decena says:

    good to know that your works are now in facebook boy’.. beautiful sets of poetry.. yup you are one sentimental person, malalim ka’…keep it up men, do what you love doing

    • so nice to see you here, pare, and thanks for the kind words. i want to do more of this when i retire, perhaps sooner. writing and photography…they set me on fire, pare. best regards.

  4. midnighthues says:

    I call Autumn a facade of magical bliss…. beautiful yet decaying. Nature renews and we can as humans watch these many cycles and live in the moment. Very appealing post Virgilio .

    • thanks, Aparna, for the thoughtful and profound comments. i agree with you…every cycle calls forth a renewal, perhaps a rebirth of some sort…and it is in being aware, of being mindful, and living in the moment, that we will be able to fully witness the unfolding of these changes.

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