To the earth: Leaf-cycle

I watch you

floating there, hanging in the air

your colors change as you begin to spin

and find you way back to earth

~

You land not far from the tree

where you were born

just another leaf

on the growing golden tan pile

~

There at the bottom of the tree

you all collect

no protest, just resting silently

waiting for the next thing

~

A wind to whisk you away

a child to run by and kick you into the air

a dog to sniff you

or use you for his business

~

Most likely though, you will return

back to the earth, right near here

right by this tree where you once hung and

fluttered in the breeze

~

You will break down and feed the earth

the earth that supports the tree

and you will become the tree again

parts of you cycling back up towards greenness

~

Fluttering in the breeze again

capturing the light

releasing pure oxygen

for all of us to breathe

~

We will welcome you

so glad to see you again

in a few months time

the cycle of the leaf

 

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