Leaves

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Leaves

Are we not all

But leaves in the stream

Whose lives begin

As bud on twig

 

Flourishing green

In the sunshine of life

We shine in spring rains

And wave joyfully in the wind

 

Some get devoured

By those who would

Consume their very being

Sapping strength stealing life

 

Others scorch

in the heat of drought

Twisting and curling

In dehydrated anguish

 

Many who make it

Add color as they age

All finally leaving the tree

To be gathered and burned

Or raked and composted

 

Some catch the wind

For one last hurrah

Landing by fence posts

Or floating downstream

Into the great unknown

 

But many //surrounded lie

Right where they fall

Blanketing the feet of family

As protection // nourishing spirits

For generations to come

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

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