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  • By Robert Funderburk

Beyond Seasons & Other Poetry


Beyond Seasons


The leaves of autumn’s

frosty winds,

red and gold and rust,

draw more beauty

from death

than sunlight

and gentle rain

on summer trees

could ever offer.


And this solitary pilgrim,

captured by autumn’s

blaze of color, when

he takes his final

woodland walk,

what then?

He lifts from this

tabernacle of

of earthly shadow,

this life of vapor

and dust, to live

beyond the stars

and shine in the endless

fields of Heaven.


Fragile


She was but an errant breeze

That stirs the garb of dust

Born by reckless winds

Birthing love and lust.


An image in a quiet pool

Flawless, filled with such

Promise, and then shattered by

The slightest breath or touch.


Robert Funderburk was born by coal oil lamplight in our home near Liberty, Mississippi, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1965, serving as SSgt in USAFR from 1965 - 1971. He now lives with my wife, Barbara, enjoying the peace of their home on fifty acres of wilderness in Olive Branch, Louisiana.

6 Comments


Unknown member
Apr 07, 2023

Agreed. "Fragile" is brief and beautiful! "Beyond Seasons" also handles its metaphor with a deft touch.

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jm6783685
jm6783685
Mar 19, 2023

'Fragile' is a very fine poem. But I would be tempted to write 'Borne' and 'Berthing'. But then I enjoy puns.

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ajsedia
Mar 12, 2023

I was taken by "Fragile," too. It begs to be set to music. "Beyond Seasons" is also strikingly evocative in its imagery, conferring an overwhelming sense of meditative solitude.

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
Mar 12, 2023
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I agree with you about 'Fragile' being very musical. It could indeed be set to music. And I thought the same about David's recent translation of Heinrich Heine. I'd love to see both in the hands of some budding Brahms.

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ddouthat09
ddouthat09
Mar 11, 2023

I love 'Fragile'. His unconditional love seems more substantial than his beloved. Or the lover.

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
Mar 11, 2023

'Fragile' got me. It's a lovely poem - very delicate, very fragile - and could easily be set to music.

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