Swirling down

I am moving, breathing and moving

Cool cloudy Autumn morning

And then a song comes on

Slowing me down

Love and kisses, sweet haunting melody

And I watch as a gust of wind

Swirls the leaves from the trees

In all of their golden, red, and orange hews

They fly about

Dancing, flitting, sailing down

And I get it, right here and now

This is death, these leaves are already gone

And yet they grace me with such beauty

They will fold back into the earth, returning to whence they came

If they had not fallen, and swirled around me

Gliding through the crisp Fall morning air

There would be no room for the new green Spring buds

Some 8 months from now

For that moment, I rejoiced in their beauty

Their dazzling light and color show

I was there and I was here and now, and with it all at once

Death and life merging in the beautiful dance

Of the Swirling Down Leaves.


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