The Waste Land Footnote


The Waste Land Footnote

Outside the leaves are falling — yellow leaves.
Inside, all my experiments with life are unraveling.
I was fooled into having faith in solid things.
Fooled by the density of wood and clay.
Fooled by April rain that brought long summer afternoons.
I didn’t know, for so many things, there is only one season.
Or that the expected guest waits even at the ruddy hour.
Who knows if the leaf returns to the vacant stem.
For the cruelty of April can also be charged to the violet months.
And only the dead cease to dream their deepest fears.

Photo courtesy of Mike Stinson
Allusions: T.S. Eliot’s, The Waste Land


  1. The Waste Land Allusion is a worthy accompaniment to T.S. Eliot.
    Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. Anon. quoted from Bless Your Heart II

  2. I am not as poetic as you … but all I can say is …. thank GOD we can look forward to new seasons and chapters … and pray for strength for all that God calls us to be strong for !!! And I hope to remain thankful and able to see God’s beauty and purpose all the rest of my days !!!

    Thank you for inspiring us … Love and blessings to you and your family ……

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