The Exchange – A Nine Line Poem

The Exchange

Summer becomes weary and
is preparing for the handover
Leaving her blooms to dry out
Too exhausted to carry on
Exchanging her sunshine and
its warmth of
gold rays and refreshing breezes 
for the cooler winds of Autumn and
brass colored foliage on trees

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Laura is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
has prompted us with September and the
changing of seasons. There are two prompts
offered. This one is a 9 Line Poem.


Write NINE-LINE VERSE(S), taking ONE of the
following lines so that each consecutive word
becomes the start of the next line of your poem.
Keep the word order and repeat the pattern for
more verses.
 
1. Those/ pale /flowers /might /still /have/
time/ to /fruit (Borowicz)
2. Summer/ is /leaving/ too/ exchanging/
 its/ gold/ for brass (Dorothy Lawrenson)
3. West/ mountains/ erased/ with/ azure/ into/ Spring/cool/ nights (Murray)

For example:
Those xx
pale xx
flowers xx
might xxx
etc etc
 
I chose #2 by Dorothy Lawrenson “September

  30 comments for “The Exchange – A Nine Line Poem

  1. September 15, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Love this!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Yay! I’m happy you liked it 🙂💕

  2. September 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    With all that summer does it is no surprise she gets tired. Good one, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa. I’m always sad when summer ends
      😢

      • September 15, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        You are welcome.

  3. September 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    “Brass colored foliage” replacing “dried out blooms” just brings home summer’s retreat. Nice,

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Dora. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  4. September 15, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Beautiful words.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 12:17 am

      Thank you Maria ☺️💕

  5. September 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I like the idea of summer becoming exhausted and handing over the duties to Autumn.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 12:17 am

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  6. September 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Perfection, Christine…love it!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 12:18 am

      You’re so sweet Lynn. Thank you so much ☺️💕

      • September 16, 2020 at 7:33 am

        My pleasure!

  7. September 15, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Very eloquently written Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 12:19 am

      Thanks so much Sadje ☺️💕

      • September 16, 2020 at 12:28 am

        You’re welcome my friend

  8. September 16, 2020 at 8:45 am

    glad you had time for a second go at the challenge with the Lawrenson line cleverly woven

    “leaving her blooms to dry out
    Too exhausted to carry on”

    that’s just how this seasonal change feels!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 17, 2020 at 12:16 am

      Thank you Laura. The prompts were just so beautiful. I also love writing about nature ☺️

  9. September 16, 2020 at 9:49 am

    “preparing for the handover” is apt. Like a relay runner, having completed her role, handing off to the next, fresh runner.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

      Actually I almost used “passing the baton” because i5 reminds me of a 4×400 meters relay. ☺️

      • September 16, 2020 at 10:06 am

        Ha! I actually ran the quarter-mile leg of a medley relay back in high school. (That certainly should date me – it was before US schools adapted metric for track.) I still have the baton, on which I painted the names of the relay members with our school record time.

      • Christine Bolton
        September 16, 2020 at 10:22 am

        I was on the relay team too in HS and we were county champs! Lol. I ran the third leg and remember passing to this girl who could run like the wind. She was amazing. I loved the relay and being part of a team event. 🙂

  10. September 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

    My comment of passing the torch works better for this piece. Your visual of Summer passing is on point Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks so much Darnell ☺️

  11. September 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    The perfect exchange … no fumbles, smooth.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Helen. I love the fumble reference 🙂

  12. September 16, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I love the color of autumn… but I fear the darkness

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      That’s my least favorite part of a year. I love the long daylight hours

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