Slanted Words in Slanted Light (Revised with audio)

Slanted Words in Slanted Light

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
–Emily Dickinson

“There’s a certain Slant of light, . . .

When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –“
–Emily Dickinson

Slanted words in slanted light,
this is what autumn brings–
ghosts and trees whisper,
elongated shadows seem alive.

This is what autumn brings–
red and yellow dazzle,
elongated shadows seem alive,
eagles with piping whistles fly—

above red and yellow dazzle,
berry-warm against cool grey and blue
eagles with piping whistles fly,
wine glows in canted rays of the sun


berry-warm against cool grey and blue
circles woven of color and time
wine glows in canted rays of the sun,
stories told and understood–

circles woven of color and time
now amid the age-old lies,
stories told and understood
for those who wait, a battle cry

now amid the age-old lies
truth is bent and rearranged
for those who wait, a battle cry,
but nature marches to a different beat–

truth is bent and rearranged,
elongated shadows seem alive,
but nature marches to a different beat–
slanted words in slanted light.

I’m sharing this pantoum I wrote for my Monday Morning Musings two weeks ago with dVerse Open Link Night. You can see the original version with photos here.

34 thoughts on “Slanted Words in Slanted Light (Revised with audio)

  1. This is gorgeously rendered, Merril! I especially like; “berry-warm against cool grey and blue eagles with piping whistles fly,”..
    It was lovely hearing you read this at Open Link LIVE today 😍 Thank you so much for joining in! 💘💘

  2. A really great poem, Merril. You have said it well, truth is very hard to come by, amid the slanted versions all passed around, but:
    truth is bent and rearranged
    for those who wait, a battle cry,
    but nature marches to a different beat–

  3. Wow Merril, this was excellent. Not only a wonderful depiction of autumn but I like the way you use the word slanted to mean several things. Very effective and I really enjoyed hearing you read it today, thank you.

  4. Blew my mind hearing you read this YOWZA pantoum, Merril, but now that I get to actually see it (and recall you reciting) it’s that much better (as if that were possible)… Thanks.

  5. I must have remembered your elongated shadows as I used them in my poem today. Of course I love the rhythm of the pantoum as the images accumulate and circle around. (K l

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