Saturday, December 15, 2012

When Does a Leaf Die?

At what point does a leaf die?
When its stem first goes pale?

When all the green drains
away into yellow?

When it slips off the branch
and spins to the ground?

When it turns brittle underfoot?
When it powders into dust?

When it rides water back up
into the kernels of a cornstalk?

When it passes into the canals
of a living heart?


1 comment:

Dr. Mike said...


A leaf dies when no
One reads the words in its palm
Where all greeting lies.