Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2000
Maureen Jacob
Niles North High School, Grade 11

Autumn Disordered

Falling
Crumbling
In between remnants of autumn leaves
Their colors
A reflection of the pigment lacking
In my skin.
I am absent now,
Hidden quietly
In raked piles
Waiting for winter to shed its sugar
Over me-
Waiting to be sealed in.
I accomplish nothing,
At least nothing of circumstance,
And yet by night
You search the grounds for me,
Flashlights in your hands,
My name in your voices.
Your ignorance scalds my ungloved fingers,
For I am a hazard to society--
Better off disintegrated
Then immortalized in the warped whorl
Of your stagnant
Memory.
Let the leaves plummet,
Don't bother to rake them up.