The Fall

Glorious colors all around

I am entranced as I move through the forest

Small crab-apples crunch under foot

Leaves of orange, yellow, and red abound.

*

A breath, a second, a moment

And I am face down

Seemingly tripping over nothing

I lay sprawled on the soft mud and moss.

*

It could have been a rock or a root

That rose up from the earth

To meet my face

Instead my fall is broken softly.

*

I continue on

More cautious, still observing

As some leaves come sailing down

Gloriously dressed for their final descent.

*

They captured the sunlight

God’s beauty blazing through them

And now they shall soon rest

After the wind ceases to blow them here and there.

*

I too am like these leaves

Maybe now is the fall of my life

A time to blaze with God’s glory

And someday make the gentle descent.

 

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