Gone Autumn

My most popular autumn poem. A man falls in love; the woman moves away. She leaves only a mysterious note on her door that she has “Gone Autumn.” Her note hints she might come back “some sunny day in June,” but he doesn’t wait; he goes after her. I made a video of this poem, which is embedded below the poem here.


GONE AUTUMN
by Bay Sweetwater

Wind and chimney smoke, and winter closing in
I was thinking of a woman in whose arms I wished I’d been
Through falling leaves, her house was just ahead,
But on her door she’d hung a sign that read:

Gone autumn,
I’ll be back around real soon.
P.S. Maybe some sunny day in June.

I’d seen her in the grocery, close to tears.
Touched her hand is all I did, glad just to be near.
I asked her could I help, she shook her head.
So much pain, and so much wasn’t said.

Been thinking of the things I wish I’d told her,
And would my arms be big enough to hold her?
She’s flown, just like the geese this time of year.
My heart is close behind, oh, close behind her.

It’s a small town, and the news soon got around
She found a home cross-state and settled down.
I got myself a map, I’m sure I’ll find her-
My heart is close behind, oh close behind her.

Gone autumn.
I’ll be back around real soon.
P.S. Maybe some sunny day in June.

September 2010

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