yours is an elegant death

one time your green energy
was so vibrant it sang straight to
heaven in a summery heat
then, as chill settled in your bones,
you gracefully
blushed, embarrassed by this new
weakness in your spine,
until a capricious wind,
one grey November day,
gave you the push to let go, and you did
oh so gently making your way
to a shallow grave
on the wet pavement, reflecting back
to your roots.


written 11.23.11


  1. lolita says:

    Love it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jody Costa says:

    thank you lolita – hope the holiday treated you great!

  3. you have a new fan! nice penning! Found you through Dverse!!! following! 🙂


  4. Pat Hatt says:

    Wonderful verse, like the wordplay you chose to use. Even if thanksgiving is long past, hope it was a good one!

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a slightly sad story yet beautifully written. Poetryman

  6. Beachanny says:

    The season nicely symbolizes first the life and then the cool passing – slipping away in the clouds and the grey light of the year. Well done.

  7. Divalounger says:

    I love the voice in this piece–clear–a little dark–great imagery!

  8. Natasha Head says:

    Jody…you've got some fantastic imagery within this write. Love the “on wet pavement, reflecting back/to your roots. Brilliant finish!

  9. Brian Miller says:

    wow evocative piece…i think we all have those weaknesses and they do eventually catch up to us…if our roots are not set…

  10. Jody says:

    overwhelmed here – thank you all for your kind words!!!

  11. Shashi says:

    Some how I felt that there has to be a guilt some where, with the title… looks like its ongoing process of living…

    Enjoyed your lines..
    'oh so gently making your way
    to a shallow grave'
    Thanks for sharing..

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay

  12. Morning says:

    dark, powerful one.

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