To Be a Leaf…

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Oh… to be a leaf, t’would be a delight

High in a tree on a warm summer’s night

Poking my head out the door

Warm seduction of spring calls me fore

Coming out half dressed in the morning light

A red bathing beauty all shiny and bright

Stretching extending my fingers unfurl

Semi-frosty nights will nip at the curl

Turning green without envy my hands open wide

No jealousy here I’m filled with pride

Ever expanding to the size of a hand

Not to be shaken by woman or man

Blown in the wind by breeze and ‘cane

Hands lifted in praise then baptized by rain

Waving high over lovers’   joy without end

Old folks and children consider me their friend

Enduring the heat of hot summer’s blast

Knowing all too soon it will be past

Blushing with color… yellow, orange, and red

My crowning glory before I land with the dead

Photographed by families, travelers, and friends

A model’s envy we all join hands

Waving our boughs and then we’re gone

Floating to the earth but I’m not alone

Lying with friends we await our fate

Raked in piles while the children wait

Jumping and squealing they all roll and tumble

All in a pile as big brothers grumble

Bagged and stacked on the curb for recycling

Back to the garden it’s not really frightening.

Or perhaps simply falling staying were we alight

Putting roots to bed for the long winter’s night


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

A rerun for Fall!

39 thoughts on “To Be a Leaf…

  1. Aw, the cycle of life so wonderfully displayed – and so creatively penned! After 3weeks in Europe, we’ll return this week to Montana where it’s possible marry a leaf remains on our disiduous (sp) trees. There was a huge blizzard while we were gone! But we have enjoyed the fall transformation here.

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  2. Oh, what a masterpiece! Such a delightful piece, loved the magic in every line. A model’s envy indeed. Splendid piece! I especially loved this line- “Hands lifted in praise then baptized by rain
    Waving high over lovers’ joy without end” Wow!


  3. Beautiful poem and photos! You’ve captured the journey of a leaf. And in Autumn they make their big show! 🙂 I love that they return to the earth to help continue the cycle of life/growth.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    🍃 🍂 🍁 ❤ 🍃 🍂 🍁

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