An Ode to Love 

(I wrote this poem over 10 years ago, and it was first published in The Teenager Magazine in their June 2007 issue.)

It was autumn all around;
The trees shed their leaves and they fell to the ground.
The lovers stood beneath, while from above,
Quietly fell the leaves of love.

He gazed at her and she heard him say,
“My love, I must go away.
My duty calls, though I’d rather be with you;
But I have no choice, it’s something I must do.”

She looked up angrily and began, 
“Why must you fight a war started by another man?
If this war’s so important to him,
Let him fight, why are they sending you, Jim?”

Tears welled up inside and she could go on no further,
Jim’s strong arms reached out to comfort her.
They sat there, lost in each other’s embrace,
With sadness and sorrow on each other’s face. 

It was finally time for Jim to leave,
He kissed Katie and said, “Dear, do not grieve,
For soon I will be back to stay,
And then I shall never go away.”

Winter came and went, and summer too,
And Katie thought of Jim all the year through.
Then one day Katie saw something that made her heart leap for joy,
She stared down the road – it was an army convoy!

Filled with hope she searched for her love,
Beneath the autumn sky above,
And as she stood there, lost in the sea of faces,
She felt her whole world crumble to pieces.

She turned to go back, and then she saw him!
He looked tired and pale, but he was her Jim!
Her heart leapt for joy as they ran towards each other,
They hugged and laughed and cried, glad they were together.

They stood there lost in each other’s embrace,
With joy and happiness on each other’s face,
Beneath the autumn sky above,
As quietly fell the leaves of love.

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