Poetry challenge Drowning leaves: the entries

Last week I brought the deadline forward without warning and a couple of you missed it, so I’ll post the last entries from the ‘pebbles’ challenge first.

Himanshu’s poem includes the suggested words to form a lovely short piece with a real stunner of a last line

Jane’s poetry challenge | hbhatnagar

and DAON whose free verse poem starts off with serious intent, but ends up on the humorous side of the bay.

Note #48 Shores – Detailed Accounts of Nothing


Back to the Drowning leaves challenge, and a collection of very attractive trilonnets.


Peter’s poem took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting a photograph of fallen leaves in a pool of water to inspire a poem about an owl. But it works!



Sarah from the south west with two trilonnets that I’ve only just seen. Both autumnal with the sense of coming winter, but with very different tones.

The light is gone – for Jane Dougherty | fmme writes poems


The crow with a hallmark poem of doom and gloom, but with antique lions! Great stuff;

antique lions (20160622) – Caw!


Lady Lee from Manila with a poem about lost love but no regrets;

Poetry challenge #36: Drowning leaves – ladyleemanila


Ken’s poem is more philosophical than sad, hopeful in a gentle way. Some lovely words here.

Facing Winter | rivrvlogr


Kat with a cry of consternation at the recent senseless events that have caused so much suffering across the world.

No Words – A Trilonnet  | like mercury colliding…


Sri with two poems, very different in style. The first is a Christmas card of winter images, the second much more personal, a cry from the heart.




Kerfe’s is one of those poems that give me cold shivers. It needs to be read over several times to get everything out of it. Beautiful art work too.

This World Will Still | method two madness


Tricia’s poem is a small tragedy, the kind of story you find in country songs. Dark and bleak.

The Light is Gone – A Creative State of Mind


Geoff, as is to be expected, knocks a hole in the ceiling of gloom and lets in a bit of fun. All those who live with four-legged demons/friends will understand.

The Mysterious Puddle #poetry #poems #prompt | TanGental


Janice’s poem is an elegy for a leaf. Beautiful and unexpected.



I love Merril’s poem. A lullaby is also unexpected, for me anyway, and it’s a lovely one.

Lullaby | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


Like Kerfe’s poem, Louise’s takes in the vastness of space and a falling leaf. Beautiful images.

The Light Is Gone, the Sky Is Lost – Fantasy Raconteur


Once again, I’m astonished at the variety of emotions and ways of looking at the image. Very well done all of you!

Look in tomorrow for a new theme.


Poetry challenge #36: Drowning leaves

Just got back and find this hasn’t posted. Must a have got the settings wrong.

This week’s challenge is to write a trilonnet inspired by this photograph.


You can find out how to write a trilonnet here. I discovered I’ve already written trilonnets without realising it. It has eight syllables per line, and three stanzas of three lines. The rhyme pattern has the first lines of each stanza rhyme, the second lines, and the third. The last couplet rhymes with itself.

This is one I wrote to illustrate the form.


The light is gone and winter’s calling,

Wind strips the trees with sudden force,

Sedge whispers low the year is done.


Rime on branches, red leaves falling,

But bare thorns left on rose and gorse,

A shadow memory, the sun.


Too much sweetness, love is palling,

Too many songs, your voice is hoarse,

Our story ends before begun.


Red leaves carried on the river,

Winter looms, alone I shiver.


Rather than give you a few words as suggestions, this week I’m asking you to start your poem with the first four syllables:

The light is gone…

I leave the rest of the line to you as what follows will influence the rhymes in the next stanzas. Post the link to your poem in the comments before next Tuesday. Because I did last week’s round up early, I’ll post any last minute Pebbles entries with this challenge.