Fading Leaves

What I love about random things … – MichR

“To light a candle is to cast a shadow…”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea 

Yellow leaves darkening
Still a hint of green
Once so full of life
Now dying to brown
Wooden slats
So straight and narrow
Evenly cut to size
By saws of steel
So too the leaves
Exactly the right size
Working hard by day
Churning light to love
By night they dreamed
Or talked among themselves
Whispering in the wind
Those things only trees know
Now like gray old men
Laying in their graves
They have returned to earth
Back to their mother’s arms

August 2011

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