Friday, April 25, 2014

Fallen Leaf--By Jim Teeters--United States

Fallen Leaf

When I step off
the spinning wheel
my future flashes before me
holds me captive
must find my center
shake myself free
need to be a
    fallen leaf
for God’s breath
to whisk me
where I need to go

Jim Teeters has published poetry in several anthologies. He conducts poetry workshops for children and adults and is active in poetry readings in the Seattle area through the Striped Water Poets. He is the author of six poetry collections and the book, Teach with Style, (ASTD Press July 2013). Jim is a retired social worker living in Kent, Washington.


  1. Enjoyed the flighty nature of thus lovely poem. Best wishes Ralph.

  2. What a delight this poetry is. Your last three lines sum your thoughts up perfectly. You made my day with this posting...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  3. Dear Jim,

    It is good to see you already have two lovely comments on your wonderful poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors. I look forward to reading more of your poetry.


  4. Jim! Welcome! Welcome, to Whispers! I do love your poem as it peacefully seems to accept the inevitable but accepts with such a grace and yet perhaps a touch of playfulness, too - which really is what life is all about! Hope to read more of your stuff! Sheri /

  5. Welcome to Whispers, Jim.

    Many of us spend too much time dwelling on the past. I absolutely LOVE the way you are captivated by the future. Quite a creative metaphor using the leaf falling away from the tree to be retrieved by our Lord. This poem may be short, but it has a very profound message. Hope you enjoy your time here at Whispers!

    Best wishes,

  6. Hi Jim. Welcome to Whispers. I was right in that I knew, just from the title of your poem, that I was in for a treat. What a blessed poem. Great imagery and well written. I certainly look forward to reading and enjoying more of your poetry. Continue blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  7. Jim,
    I know everyone has a purpose in life---I feel
    so lost sometimes wondering what mine is?
    I like shake myself free. I feel it. Mary

  8. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following comment--

    This is a wondrous gem of a poem, Jim.
    What a great analogy so to the point and braided
    perfectly into your poetry. Awesome job of thinking out of the box.
    loved it.

    Bob D

  9. Jim, welcome to Whispers. I truly loved your poem that has coincided with my own desires to go where the Lord wants me to go and do and be what He wants me to be. I loved the analogy of the leaf being taken where the wind blows it. What a well written poem. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Love, Charlene