Let me yield to you,
As falling leaves yield to the sweet autumn winds,
when wordless whispers tell of hills undressing.
As the silent dawn yields, broken by the
song of a lonesome mourning dove.
Let my yield to you,
As the setting sun yields when Earth turns her back,
and so sends the moon to reflect his light.
As the thick blankets of fog yield to
the crisp bright of ivory morn.
Let me yield to you,
As water yields when it tumbles from the
towering mountain rocks, to gather
beneath the bluffs in its pools.
As the rills yield to the river.
Let me yield to you,
As lovers, in their passion, yield their flesh
before the seraphs that stand watch.
As the will of love yields the soul
to the bosom of its object.
Let me yield to you,
As the mind yields helplessly to weighty slumbers,
the vessel of the body anchored in the night.
As colors yield to the grayscale, and
rest in the shade of the globe.
Let me yield to you,
As gentle plains yield to high mountains, where
the stretched earth reaches for the heavens.
As boulders yield to moss and vines that
grow upon their old, cracked faces.
Let me yield to you,
As blossoms yield in summer afternoons, under
a blank blue scene where winged things fly.
As the long arms of the white sycamore
yield to the gentle breaths of God.
Let me yield to you,
As all must yield to age, when the body
grows frail and souls grow wise. And as far
to the western horizon, before the black,
this heart will yield to yours
in the fading light

35 thoughts on “Yield”

  1. KiKi says:

    I am overwhelmed! A truly beautiful poem.

    1. John Foster says:

      Thanks for reading! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  2. GreenSu says:

    Amazing! I love the wording and I am sharing this right away! :)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you! I’m delighted to read this.

  3. Leaf says:

    Love your shape poem

  4. Elle says:

    this is fabulous! structure and word. you are a master at your craft.

    1. John Foster says:

      Your words are generous and encouraging, thank you for your comment!

  5. Supernova! says:

    This is wonderful. I so love your poems, and this one topped in my opinion. :)

    1. John Foster says:

      I’m delighted at your remarks. Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts!

  6. Ms. Vee says:

    Beautiful poem and imagery!

      1. Ms. Vee says:

        You’re very welcome. I was directed to your blog via reblog. I will revisit and explore. Thank you so much for the follow. I’m playing catch up. Blessings and peace!

  7. Saya says:

    Reblogged this on Saya..D..Poet and commented:
    I’m going to read this once more and then again and again…the analogies portrayed are absolutely awesome..

  8. Saya says:

    that is such a wonderful poem John…hope you don’t mind my sharing it.. :)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I am humbled that you would share my work.

      1. Saya says:

        it was my pleasure John :)

  9. Rox says:

    I enjoyed this poem very much. It is very loving and sweet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you for reading and for your comment!

  10. Kunal Thakore says:

    You must really love the person to yield to her like thus! I loved this piece, John!

    1. John Foster says:

      I do. I wish the words in this poem could capture the feeling, but some things are just beyond words. I’m glad you enjoyed it–thank you for reading and for your remarks.

        1. John Foster says:

          Absolutely, I’m thrilled you asked. I will take a look and get back to you soon.

  11. cote8050 says:

    Wow, so beautiful, visually as well, so very lovely, thank you.

    1. John Foster says:

      Thanks for your generous and kind remarks!

  12. franz says:

    Reblogged this on mydailywalk and commented:
    exceptional post from a great poet .Thank you .

  13. franz says:

    breathakingly beautiful poem thank you for sharing

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you for the kind words, and for reading!

      1. franz says:

        I love your poetry it’s very powerful and your words are brilliant

        1. John Foster says:

          You are too kind. I am humbled by your comments and support. Thank you for reading my work; I am glad it has made an impact.

  14. Fictionatrix says:

    Beautifully written. Loved the imagery and parallels. :)

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