Friday, October 23, 2009

Autumn Leaf

Author's Note: I saw the One-Minute Writer's Prompt today to write an autumn story. But I decided to write a poem instead, something I haven't done in a long time. But the contrast between the warm, riotous colors of autumn and the grey coldness of approaching winter intrigued me, and I thought it best served up in the poetic imagery, rather than prose.

Autumn Leaf

Landing at my feet,
crisply curled and silent,
the leaf falls to the ground.

Its bright shock of display
of orange-yellow hue
proclaims without a sound

a raucous love of life
in a happy colored leaf;
But I dare not be swayed
By its sacrifice motif.

It fell onto the ground
to follow fast its brothers,
forgetting in its haste
the tree, its loving mother.

Bold though it may seem
It has left its life, the branch.
Thus death is in its colors,
swift as an avalanche.

Copyright 2009 by Michele Chiappetta. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

In Recognition of Extraordinary Efforts...

The One-Minute Writer's latest writing prompt:
Give away your own Peace Prize to one person, living or dead. What would you say when presenting it?

My response:
I award the Peace Prize to God, in recognition of His extraordinary efforts to establish peace between Himself and humankind. His unique and impressive approach to diplomacy has produced truly significant accomplishments, including authorship of the world's best-selling book offering His view on what true hope is, and how true change can be effected. Ignoring frequent disrespect toward His person, He continues to reach out in forgiveness, working toward d├ętente wherever possible and maintaining diplomatic relations with all peoples. He expends tremendous energy toward peace through every means possible, including the establishment of an entire nation to represent His will, the appointment of His own son to a diplomatic post in a highly volatile location, and the sending of His spirit to work with people all over the world. I can think of no individual more worthy of a prize that honors the efforts of peace in our time.