Outside the bedroom window
Red-orange and yellow-leaved trees
soon to fade
falling to the ground
Trees decked in colours
Behaving like flowers
Black and white magpies flying in and out
A lone cyclist struggles up the hill
Author: Pamela Collett
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I have a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.Sc. from Cornell University. I have lived and worked in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, California as well as in Washington, DC. Outside the United States, I lived and worked in Venezuela, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya. I currently live in Canberra, Australia.
I edited three books: Bold Plum: with the Guerillas in China's War against Japan by Hsiao Li Lindsay; Peace and Milk: Scenes of Northern Somalia by James Lindsay and Fatima Jibrell; and Solo vale si piensas rápido by Mehedy Lopez, a book of poetry in Spanish. In 2016, I published a book of my poetry and drawings, Silence Spoken.
I have taught communication skills, English as a second language, and English for journalists (in Beijing, China) at university and secondary school levels. I was a features writer for the Daily Journal, (Caracas, Venezuela), and The Chronicle of Higher Education. I am a member of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Writers Centre, active in a writers’ group and a contributor to poetry readings, That Poetry Thing, in Canberra, Australia.
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4 thoughts on “Tree Colours”
div dir=”ltr”>Love this. Shades of haiku
Vivid imagery, Pamela, and in such contrast to the vivid images that are happening here in California. I am determined to get out to see some of the wildflower “superbloom” we are having this year. They say it is visible from space. I’ve seen satellite photos with the streaks of color!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the line about the bees…so funny…laugh out loud goodness!
Thanks for this lovely po