it’s time

Leaves hold on

through blustery wind

and howling storm,

blown and battered,

tossed and torn

but even so…

they remain.

Yet early on a frosty morn,

the air is still

and sleep awakes.

Then, silently,

the first light of day arises.

Leaves wait in treetops.

At last, with finality,

and a goodbye kiss from the sun,

a touch that says

it is their time to go,

then one by one

the stems release their grasp,

The leaves, in different hues,

drift down

dancing along through quiet air,

choosing their own path and

landing gently below.

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8 thoughts on “it’s time

  1. elsie says:

    My favorite line, “and a goodbye kiss from the sun,” is just perfect. I watch those leaves and marvel at the process they go through. I watch the wind and rain put them through torture but yet they hold on, waiting for that kiss.

  2. I’ll tell you, I get so excited whenever I see leaves hanging on to trees at this time of year.

  3. You and me and poetry. I love the lines “the air is still and sleep awakes” and the image of leaves “choosing their own path”

  4. Tara Smith says:

    The leaves, in different hues,

    drift down

    dancing along through quiet air,

    choosing their own path and

    landing gently below.
    Just love those lines – so graceful!

  5. Such beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

  6. newtreemom says:

    Captures this time so perfectly!

  7. Leigh Anne says:

    This is beautiful and I love the image of f goodbye kiss from the sun. You have captured the best of the season perfectly!

  8. Lovely poetry that captures this time of year perfectly.

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