Autumn’s Memory

A scent of leaves mingle with cinnamon’s potency

Cold air without, inside temperatures rise like yeast

Swelling as an aromatic pillow

Fragrances seem incompatible

Only sucker-punched to later rise again

And become the destined all along

I was carried away with the waft of something more

Now the air is clear

This is also a tribute to Rutger Hauer, who died this summer. He played Roy Batty, probably the most poetic sci-fi anti/hero ever. Here’s an image from Pinterest…


What I want you to be inspired by is the most famous speech from the film, delivered by Roy on a wet rooftop. There’s a clip here if you want to really get a feel for it, though it comes with a spoiler alert (if you can justify a spoiler alert for a film that’s 37 years old!):

And this is the transcript:

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like… tears in rain. 

I want you to write a poem that tells a story or shows a character just in the things they’ve sensed. This clip is about things Roy has seen, but you can choose a different sense if that works better for you. So maybe a mother could remember a pink romper suit, a blue prom dress, a black suit…a knight could remember the feel of a wooden toy sword, the heft of an iron blade…



About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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4 Responses to Autumn’s Memory

  1. I love the contrasts between the outdoor and indoor here… the cinnamon sounds nice to me.

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice line: “Swelling as an aromatic pillow” I like how the last line abruptly changes with the clear air.

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  3. Gwenhyver42 says:

    I did not know that Rutger Hauer died recently… Ach. But I love the poetry of this… I do like the prompt you were working with, and I might borrow it to exercise my fiction writing muscles…


  4. Ah yes, please do! I would love to read it! Thank you for visiting my site!

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