Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Autumn Descant--By Mary Jo Balistreri--United States

Autumn Descant

October comes ablaze
 in scarlet robes and gold crowns
Sun hangs low in the fields
            sparking the wing tips of grasses

From the sweet gum   a lone leaf
            winds its way home
returns amber wealth to the soil
            and I remember—
it isn’t what lives in the light
            but what returns from the dark
that stays forever

Mary Jo Balistreri has two books of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press and a chapbook by Tiger's Eye Press. She has more recently been enjoying learning and writing haiku type poems. She finds it helps her see differently and experience life in a new way. For more information, please visit her at  


  1. Beautiful poem, Jo. Yes, autumn has its high notes...and its low song which you have given us in this fine poem. There is hope in this world, after all. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Enjoyed your work Mary Jo, thanks for sharing it!

  3. Dear Jo,
    Your poem makes October, one of my favorite months, even more special. Thank you for the rich colors and vibrant images. This one's a gem.

  4. Thank you Michael and ayaz. Very appreciative.

  5. Dear Jo, Beautifully written with a high song a low song and a final song of hope for everyone.

  6. This is brilliantly written Mary Jo. I just adore the way you ended this poem. Aloha, Connie

  7. Love this, Mary Jo, especially that last line. Very nicely-written. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. Beautiful...I love the imagery, and the wisdom in the closing lines. Warm regards // paul

  9. Expressed beautifully. The last lines sum it up elegantly.
    Daya Bhat