The Ugly Time


I used to consider

late autumn

with its leafless trees

and sullen skies

the ugly time

But then I grew up

and came to understand

its barren beauty

how it saw the loss and longing in me

and sent its moons

to make tunnels through the clouds

and its shivering breezes

to whisper, Yes, we know

but Christmas is coming


Read the companion piece: Ever Green

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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20 Responses to The Ugly Time

  1. Forrest Pasky says:

    This is a beautiful piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Wonderful perspective!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Erika Kind says:

    Awh, very beautiful indeed, Mitch!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. John S says:

    Mitch that “Ugly Time” can even be seen in the jail,in fact when it seen in the jail, it no longer becomesugly.Merry Christmas Mitch, John

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  5. smzang says:

    Your “Ugly Time” is beautiful. You are a maestro at setting tone.
    “leafless trees” “sullen skies”
    “sent its moons
    to make tunnels through the clouds”

    Such as this is why I love poetry.

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  6. You started me to thinking. Nice presentation.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. smzang says:


    You are the ‘realest’ poet ever. All of your
    work, both poetry and prose, and praise,
    (and movies, too,) is top shelf.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ann Coleman says:

    Exactly! You managed to capture what so many of us feel!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I teared up a little (in a good way), and I don’t tear up easily.  Splendid prose poem.

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  11. Jashan Kaur says:

    I always notice the tree down the street. Sometimes it radiates freshness with its green leaves. Then with the onset of Autumn, they blossom into beautiful golden and wither away slowly leaving behind the gloomy trunk waiting for his next companions.

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