Autumn Tradition

Toddler's First Time in Leaves

Toddler’s First Time in Leaves

Old enough to crawl
Not at the age to stand
Confused by crunching ground
Demands to be carried
Until placed within the leaves
Against his infant will

Investigating a leaf
Curious and calm
Wondering what is expected
All adults are staring
Waiting for an act
Either a cry or laugh

Minutes fade away
His patience more than most
Until daddy acts
Dumping leaves upon his head
And tickling his ears
Causing him to laugh

Infant retaliation
Throwing leaves into his face
The dam is burst
He swats and bats around
Cackling like an imp
While the mountain is made

Before he can be lifted
The infant crawls toward joy
Burrowing into the mountain
Popping out the top
And rolling down the side
Such is the autumnal bliss of youth

For Pamela’s Weekly Prompt.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.

79 comments on “Autumn Tradition

  1. Moments that are gone way too fast. Hold on to each one as tightly as you can. Trust me when I say that I let too many slip through my fingers like so many dead leaves.I regret it every second of every day. They “are” life.

  2. Aww…this is just beautiful. I could see it being played in front of my eyes! You put it down beautifully! 🙂

  3. An imp or a gimp? We are sick after all. Wonderful poem.

  4. What could be more fun than a lawn full of leaves?

  5. Fun story/poem, Charles. I liked this line, “The infant crawls toward joy…”
    Hope you feel 100% soon.

  6. So so sweet, Charles 🙂

  7. Great seeing the fall leaves, the kiddo having fun in the piles, and enjoying this glorious season of change and color! I really enjoy the sounds I hear when reading this too! This is such a great prompt!

  8. Reblogged this on thinkadoptlove and commented:
    Simple and beautiful.

  9. What a beautiful story. We feel like we’re right there with you, watching him explore.

  10. A lovely read, hope you get enough leaves again this year 🙂

  11. Time with the kids is always well-spent. They still remain my greatest source of inspiration and frustration. Can’t write with them, can’t write without them.

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