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A Fallen Leaf
 
In early spring I spied
a little knob of bark in a twig,
in a few more days the knob formed a bud
a day after, the bud opened into a leaf;
for the first time, the leaf reveled in the sun's heat.

The leaf, now soaked in chlorophyll
turned green, joined other leaves
clustered around a small delicate twig,
its weight turned the twig into a hammock
while the passing breeze hummed its lullaby.

The twigs clustered into branches
as millions of leaves formed a tree's crown
while the sun's early rays triggered photosynthesis
and the crown grew bigger, forming a canopy,
a shelter to birds, a shade to wayfarers.

To the leaf, summer was filled with delights
its green coat shimmering like an emerald gem.
With other leaves, its days were filled with gaiety
while the birds sing, and the wayfarers fiddle
creating a boisterous party around the maple tree.

The days pass by as the afternoon cools down,
at night, appears the strawberry moon.
Slowly, the green leaves change colors
each specie of tree defines its own hue
in red or yellow, regale Autumn's splendor.

Comes winter, the day's light is shorter
the wee hours of morn becomes longer
the North Wind blow stronger and the bushy
leafy, proud crown becomes thinner.
That one leaf I saw now lays a fallen leaf.




By Carlos_Jainga

© 2014 Carlos_Jainga (All rights reserved)

 

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