Roadside Reds


Roadside Reds

(A Minute Poem)



On Autumn ride,

bound to collide,

Somewhere outside,

With roadside reds

In color spreads.

Then you’ll spot a touch of yellow

Hues that mellow

Peaking behind

Branches entwined.

Deciduous leaves offset pine,

Ever so fine,

Beautiful blend

To comprehend.


Author Notes Driving about soaking in the Fall colors along any roadside. The Sumac provide brilliant red.
The use of the word peaking versus peeking was intentional.

This is a Minute poem.
The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same.

So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. 

A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines total. It has 60 syllables (thus the Minute). It is written in a strict iambic meter. The rhyme scheme is as follows:

aabb, ccdd, eeff. 

This photograph was taken by the author in September 2011.


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