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As summer comes to a close in Maine, autumn breezes usher in The Pine Tree State’s new season… These Fall Asters along the roadside inspired my poem “Final Performance.”

Fall Asters Closeup for POEM bas 2019

Final Performance

 

While asters, purple tutus donned

With velvet yellow crowns

Ballet to cricket violins,

Sway tiptoe in their gowns;

A golden orb in treetops rests

The stage a soft pale blue

And I among their audience

Too soon must say, “Adieu!”

 

© Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Comments on: "“Final Performance” A Seasonal Transitions Poem by Bette A. Stevens" (68)

  1. This is a beautifully crafted farewell to one season and hello to a new. Glad to see it again!

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  2. It’s really an impressive and creative work. I agree to that shadowing would have been great. It is nice anyway.

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  3. It flows so beautifully. I loved reading your aesthetically carved poem! Great job!🌸

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  4. How beautiful and poignant. It is how I feel at this time of year, Bette.

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  5. Bette, this is a lovely poem and full of delightful imagery. I love the purple tutus. Hugs, my dear friend.

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  6. Lovely, Bette!

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  7. Anonymous said:

    Enjoyed the poem very much. Old man winter is just around the corner.

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  8. The poem is splendid, Bette. It’s lovely to watch the ballet of blooms. Yes, we don’t want them to go too soon! ❤

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  9. Thank you for sharing your lovely words!!… I prefer not to say “goodbye” because “goodbye” sounds too much like “forever”… plus, my garden is merely taking a needed winter’s nap and I know we’ll meet again in the spring… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May you always be blessed
    with walls for the wind,
    a roof for the rain,
    a warm cup of tea by the fire,
    laughter to cheer you,
    those you love near you,
    and all that your heart might desire.
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Larry… Sending bountiful blessings back your way as we, like the flowers, prepare for our autumn rest and winter nap. ❤

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  10. Bette! This is breathtaking. I’m reminded of parts of Fantasia — your poem is that lovely. Hugs on the wing.

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  11. A friend of yours recommended me to your blog! such a great piece!!

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  12. So beautiful this gave me shivers, Bette. Love it.

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  13. Bette, a magical poem with wonderful imagery carried throughout – we are all blessed to be part of this beautiful performance by nature!😀🌺

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  14. Lovely, Bette, as always. Thanks so much for sharing, 🙂

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  15. Love it! Take a bow ❤

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  16. A lovely tribute Bette. I have some Asters in bloom too.

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  17. Beautiful poem, Bette! And the photo is gorgeous! It doesn’t quite feel like Fall here in SC yet. But by the end of the week we should get cooler weather. It’s been in the 90s here! Blessings to you! xo

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  18. Lovely, still so hot in Ga.I love flower imagery.

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  19. “A golden orb in treetops rests…” That one line alone is true poetic expression!! Just beautiful, Bette!

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  20. Lovely. I especially enjoyed “ballet to cricket violins.”
    Having just returned from your gorgeous Pine Tree State, I could really relate to this!

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  21. I love the upbeat ending, Bette! If not for the changing of the seasons, how could we appreciate them? 🙂

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  22. Beautiful images and incorporation of all the senses. Divine!

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  23. So beautiful Bette…both the image and your words of adieu. Here, roses are still standing though winter is already knocking at he door of Fall.

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Love your goodbye to summer, Bette and picture.

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  25. This is a lovely poem, Bette. I love the imagery and the mood it evokes 😊

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  26. So beautiful!

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  27. This is almost as beautiful as you Bette! 😀 ❤

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  28. Absolutely beautiful, Bette. Thank you for sharing it with us. ❤

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  29. Lovely poem. Farewell, summer!

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  30. Most beautiful, Bette. You’re an excellent wordsmith.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  31. So lovely, Bette! ♥

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  32. A delightful poem, Bette. I love the change of seasons, spring and autumn. They are both so colourful.

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  33. Beautiful poem, Bette.
    “A golden orb in treetops rests” What an imagine.

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