I Have Traced a Jagged Autumn

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I Have Traced a Jagged Autumn

Author Scott Cameron

This poem won first place in the 2017 Clinton F. Larson Poetry Contest.


I have traced the paths of jagged autumn,

Found in the lightninged veins of maple leaves

Heaven’s design to become the bottom,

 

To shed life, giving it up for rotten

Forest floors, a colored collapse that weaves

Sky and ground in strands of jagged autumn.

 

We collect the fragile, windblown emblems,

Place them into books, trying to believe

We can rescue heaven from the bottom.

 

Crying to our God, “the sky has fallen,”

We see the twisted nakedness of trees

Their bare-branched prayers through jagged-autumn,

 

Reminding us of what we have forgotten—

The contours of the land that no one sees

Except when heaven has touched the bottom.

 

We confuse death with depth of red on plum,

But the vibrant grasp at life finds reprieve

Birthed again beneath the jagged autumn

Through heaven’s design to embrace the bottom.

 

This poem won first place in the 2017 Clinton F. Larson Poetry Contest.

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