Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Beth Winchcombe

Aromatic Autumn

By Beth Winchcombe

Autumn, the season of vibrancy!
Hue's of burnished red and gold!
Bonfires smoking lazily within
the atmosphere -
wafting inside nostrils!

Finally, summer days of warmth -
flow towards autumn -
which in turn -
wind down towards -
dark winter days!

Winter gloom -
befits the room -
short daylight hours -
gardens bereft of many flowers...
...mist rises through distant hills!

SAD Syndrome envelops -
no chance of escape -
until hope springs forth -
for all its worth -
we look forward to SPRING!

the awakening of life!
Snowdrops rise their heads of purity,
...burst forth from stillness of winter,
followed closely,
crocus's, tete-e-tete daffodils...
...wafted by scent of hyacinths.

From the editor--It is a pleasure to announce that Beth Winchcombe is September’s Poet of the Month.  She is a talented, published writer and an encouraging voice at Whispers, regularly sending thoughtful comments which others appreciate.  Beth has collaborated on a number of poems that have been featured at our online journal.  She regularly participates in our community activities. It is a joy to honor Beth this month!

Thoughts on “Aromatic Autumn”--Beth starts her poem with an energy that drew me in right away.  The phrases, instead of full sentences, keep the pace going with a cadence that works well.  The consonants and alliteration help drive the beat.  Her artistic use of imagery and personification give the reader a rich experience.  It is a gift to share Beth’s words with you!

Congratulations and thank you Beth!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.


Karen O’Leary, Editor


  1. Congratulations on being selected Poet of the Month Beth. I love your poem! You've captured the essence of the seasons, & I enjoyed reading your descriptive, inspiring piece! Great job! Best wishes to you, Chris~

  2. Congratulations Beth on being Poet of the Month.
    Your poem captures the mood of the seasons and how closely our emotions
    are tied to them. Beautiful imagery.
    Sincerely, Suzanne

  3. Hearty congratulations, Beth, on being selected Poet of the Month. Great imagery in this poem which aptly describes the journey from summer to spring. Much enjoyed. All the best ~ paul

  4. Beth, Congratulations on being Poet of the Month. Lovely poem, wonderful imagery and so inspiring! Every season has special moments.

  5. Well done indeed Beth, well deserved acknowledgement of your writing and contributions. Your poem has made me smile as I have done a lot of gardening recently and the bulbs for spring are waking up. So hopefully, we will not be waiting too long.

  6. Big congrats to you, Owlie, my friend. A beautiful poem xxx

  7. Beth,
    A great poem about the four seasons. Congratulations for being picked for this honor!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  8. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    Living in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed but how well I respond to Beth's poem with the changing seasons showing the ever constant movement of mother nature. Beth expresses this with such clarity.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner

  9. Refreshing telling of the seasons..I enjoyed reading your work..Sara

  10. Beth, congratulations on a well deserved honor. Loved your picturesque poem so well written and showcases your wonderful talent. Love, Charlene

  11. Congratulations Beth! Lovely energy, reflecting nature's pace perfectly. Best wishes ralph.

  12. Congratulations Beth on being Poet of the Month. Each season has its own beauty and personality which seems to affect ours. I enjoyed your expression of the seasons very much! Blessings, Connie

  13. A rock solid seasonal symphony here... Very cool.

  14. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments about Aromatic Autumn...also Karen for choosing me to receive the honor of being Poet of the Month. Belonging to Whispers equals the joy of belonging to a family of true dedicated poets.

    My thanks to you all, Beth

  15. Dear Beth,

    Your honor was richly deserved. Congratulations! Thank you for your kind words.


  16. Congrats to you and your accomplishments within this awesome site. You have filled my senses with glee by yor tremendous knowledge of flowers. You have made me smile again with your awesome poems here. Great work!

  17. Congratulation, Beth. And the poem is quite descriptive that those of us who have not experienced this can draw the pictures in our minds. Share more.