Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHEN THE LEAVES FALL, by JAMES STEPHENS



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WHEN THE LEAVES FALL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The leaves fall slowly from the trees
Last Line: Is an apache of a wind.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


The leaves fall slowly from the trees
And everybody walks on them:
Once they had a time of ease
In limpid air, and bird and breeze
Stayed a while to talk with them.

Bright they were, and debonair
As they fluttered up and down;
Dancing in the sunny air,
Dancing without knowing there
Was a gutter in a town.

Now they have no place at all!
All the home that they can find
Is a gutter by a wall;
And the wind that waits their fall
Is an apache of a wind.





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