From Leaves to Leaves

by Carolin Messier


Each moment lived unfurls from bud to verdant leaf
whether by accident or intention, it matters not;
these ancient alchemists of the natural world
spin light to sweetness and fuel for fire.

Steadfast through seasons wet and dry,
battered by winds and gentle breezes
they ripen with the waning warmth
to hues of wine, persimmons, and candle glow.

With the coming of the cold comes clarity
a letting go of what has been or would have been
to fall into the acceptance of present gusts,
swirl and dance in the freedom of an unknown future.

They settle onto the pile of my unconscious
fallen from branches and limbs of experience
to fertilize the soil of my imaginative mind,
reborn as words on pages of their own making.