If only.. Autumn #poem #prose poem #short prose

If only I could put my palm into yours for one single sunset

when the autumn’s fingers smell corn silk,

and the eyelids of the sea cast spells on the cheeks of the stars.

Bathe with me at the end of the shore

where milk foam washes the feet of the children

and leaves traces of white shivers.

A pink conch tolls the waves announcing the homecoming of the chrysanthemums.

The pain of birth leaks prayers on your lips

like half naked Sundays leak monotony and coolness

on the yellow walls of the old city.

From the other side of your naked eyes,

I gather your tears in a wicker basket.

Laurel leaves hide under your pillow.

If only…



My poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings is available on Amazon here .
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@short-prose-fiction (Gabriela Marie Milton)

185 thoughts on “If only.. Autumn #poem #prose poem #short prose

    1. You’re so right, e-Quips Blog Owner. Gabriela is the only person in the whole history of the internet ever to have uttered the henceforth immortal phrase ‘the other side of your naked eyes’. Consider me suitably impressed. 😉

  1. Dearest Button this is divinely gorgeous. The imagery jumps off the screen and you are instantly seeing the white foam and children playing. Exquisite your every word.

    I can’t pick a favorite line. I love them all.

    Blessings and love coming from NC.

    1. Hello honeybun and thank you for your gorgeous comment. I am thrilled you enjoyed the poem.
      Sending you love, blessings, and flowers.
      Have a fabulous Sunday.

      1. You are so welcome my dear friend. It is always my pleasure to read your gorgeous work.

        My daughter is in NC and rented a large home by a beautiful lake so I will get to see her. I am so excited to be out and about safely. So I will be off line for a few days. If I miss a post I will catch up when I am back.

        Sending back more love. 💕❤️🌸💖🤗 honeybun

      2. That is really wonderful Joni. What a treat. May you have the best time ever.
        Love and blessings to everyone.

      3. Oh thank you dear Button. I am here and we are having a wonderful and blessed time. Thank you sweetie for your well wishes. Love ❤️🤗💕❤️🧚‍♀️Joni

      4. Sending more love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      5. You are so dear my friend. Thank you for all the love. I feel it. 💖🌺🤗💕❤️ hugs sweet Button, love Joni💖🌺🤗💕

    1. Thank you so much Ely. You are a gem. Sending you a million hugs and plenty of love. Have a beautiful week ahead sweetheart

    1. Aw… Brad.. thank you so much my friend. You know how to touch my heat. It’s autumn. Are you taking your bike out?

  2. “If only I could put my palm into yours for one single sunset

    when the autumn’s fingers smell corn silk”
    Beautiful imagery friend. Takes me to this wonderful fall evening.

    “A pink conch tolls the waves announcing the homecoming of the chrysanthemums.”
    I’m drowning in these seas of chrysanthemums.

    If only….Autumn…
    I’m down a memory lane. And thus one’s rather wonderful. Such a stunning poem dear. Something about it…

    1. Shanyu, my dear friend, thank you for your beautiful words. Yes, a wonderful fall evening.. Your words “Something about it…” That’s right… you know it… something about it 🙂
      Sending you love and hugs.

    1. What a splendid comment. I am humbled by your words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  3. BEAUTIFUL! My god, this is so powerful and deep. Dearest G, you did it again. Your words are lovely and utterly beautiful. Never stop writing or inspiring. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Lucy, sweetheart, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your gorgeous comment. You always make me blush. I will say the same to you “Never stop writing or inspiring”
      You are a gem.

      1. You are very welcome, Gabriela. I wish you and Maya a wonderful weekend.

    1. Aw.. thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your wonderful words mean so much to me.
      Sending love and hugs

    1. My Dearest Cindy, your support and your beautiful words humble me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.
      May you have a fabulous weekend.

      1. A break is probably the right thing. The muse will come back. Take good care of yourself.

        As for me I already need one thousand breaks.. I am teaching online and it’s stressful. I have to do research and a million other things such as meetings, committees, etc.. I am quarantined and my European friends are all vacationing in Greece. Are we living on different planets? How is England?
        Am I ranting? I apologize. I should behave. I am talking to a wonderful English gentleman.

        Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my work. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

      2. I wonder, G, did you get my e-mail I sent on the 14th August in reply to yours of the 10th? I’ll resend if quite understandably its lost or misplaced, I say understandably as with all that’s going on I lose track of time and folk I care for too. You take care and next time I write to you I”ll tell you of what I’m up too!

      3. Hi Eric. I did not get that email. I looked for but I could not find it. Please resend it if you do not mind.
        Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

  4. Beautiful imagery set to the mind and nuances interpreted by the reader but may be different from the one that weaves the words together.. A really really nice piece. I could dissect every line but I would be writing a novella and again that would be my interpretation and not that of the poet. <3

    1. Joseph, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful words. You touched my heart.
      I am glad to have you here. How is everything going?

      1. Everything is going well. The editing of the book is on hols once again. I just look at it as this time is not ripe to be published. When it is the process will be smooth. I hope all is well and that life is agreeable with you.

      2. “I just look at it as this time is not ripe to be published. When it is the process will be smooth.” I agree with you Joseph. I am glad you think so.
        I am well thank you. Just a lot of work. Take care of yourself and please keep me updated.
        Have a beautiful Sunday.

      3. I left a response but i dont see it. My book is on hold again. I look at this the time isnot ripe for publication. When the book gets edited the process to publication will come easily. I hope life is treating you well and life is agreeable with you

    1. Thank you hon. You are a sweetheart. Take care and enjoy your weekend ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Magnificent….gorgeous….divine….deep….loving the imagery….”From the other side of your naked eyes, I gather your tears in a wicker basket”….thus poem is so powerful, dearest Gabriela….you’re simply divine 🌹❤️🔥✨

    1. And you are simply adorable my dearest Navin. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it? Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your beautiful comment made my afternoon.
      Sending you love and hugs. I will visit your site tonight. You will be asleep. You will find my replies tomorrow.
      Have a fabulous weekend

      1. Haha…it sounds so cute when you call me adorable. I’m about to hit the bed….I think I’m gonna sleep well….after reading such a beautiful message from the heaven….sending you lots of love, hugs & calmness ❤️✨🌹🥰

      1. I am humbled by your words. I do not know what else to say. Thank you again.

  6. I keep coming back to this piece, Gabriela. There is definitely that underlying “if only” longing throughout it. The imagery is so rich and I especially love the “bathe with me … milk foam washes the feet of the children.” I am so inspired by your work. ♥️

    1. Katy, you are such a sweetheart. Thank you from my heart ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Great writing here. Autumn is my favorite and I love the way the imagery in this perfectly describes what’s happening in the nature around me right now. Cool pictures too!

  8. Gabriela, Gabriela, Gabriela. My God. This exploded into my heart and brings tears into my eyes. I was sitting with Your book before coming here….nearing the end…I tell You what. If science never develops a teletransporter….we can just give Your glorious words to everyone on the planet. You truly transport me/my heart/my soul to such rich sweetness. Amazing!!! Thank You so very much!!! Walking away with a very full, beauty permeated heart. I hope You have a most wonderful rest of Your week!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Katy, I have no words to thank you for your gorgeous comment. You spread so much love. I am blessed to have you reading my work.
      May the rest of your day be love.

  9. Dear Gabriela, this is exquisite, a waterfall of sparkling words that illuminate the heart.
    forgive my tardiness, but I must be at my PC to comment or respond at your blog. A mystery! Please know that I love this and all your poetry so much, it is superb.

    1. My dearest Rene,
      Thank you so much for your praise. It makes me happy. Please know I think your poetry is superb too.
      Have a beautiful weekend sweetheart.

  10. Beautifully written! Autumn is my favorite season and I can’t wait until it gets here and we can start wearing hoodies, eating chili, and roasting marsh mellows over a warm fire!

  11. Your words drew me in and these lines brought back memories on the Oregon Coast.
    where milk foam washes the feet of the children
    and leaves traces of white shivers.

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