The Leaf

March 19, 2011
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Fallen, it has, from high up above
It used to be resting on a branch like a dove.
With a step or two, it is at my feet
And I stop to pick up the thin brown leaf.
Brown like the tall, mighty oak trees
That surrounds and shadows me in a canopy
Or the dirt that scatters with each impact
Of wandering people, minds with nature not intact
Faint and withered lines drawn on
Somber, rugose, with the light of hope gone.
It is beautifully shaped, almost a heart,
And I ask it to tell me, when did it start?
Stroking its damaged papery skin
I imagine its insides as if poked by a pin,
With no more humbly working cells
And the cytoplasm breaking to spread like gel.
Small in my fingers, the leaf is frail
And the blow of the wind watched it sail
When, stem grasping, it hung on tight
But, alas, it was made to succumb to the fight
For the weather is changing, the weather is changing!
And the winds have started rearranging.
The leaf has fallen, bent and defeated
While I wonder why its soul has fleeted.
And maybe, I think, it is still alive
If only it could find a way to revive.
A chirp in my mind causes me to halt
Perhaps I could grant it feeling in this drought.
With a crunch of my hands
And its melt into sand,
I wait for a great and powerful breeze
To let the pieces of the leaf run free.





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DaylightDarkness said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Could've fooled me Garnet (cheesy warning) you could be a poet and not know it... (wow, that was a lot worse than it sounded in my head...) Anyway.... I liked it a lot. It flowed, you had some nice rhymes- and it didn't feel too formal, or forced, which is the killer of poems. so, great job!

 

 
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 12:38 am
Thanks. Don't worry, it's not too cheesy. I guess. :) Thanks for the comment. 
 
Shayna121 said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Really good! I loved the flow, I loved the poem...nice job!
 
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm
I'm glad you liked it. Thanks :)
 
NinjaGirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 3:11 am
For being "not much of a poet," this is actually really good :) Great job!
 
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 11:04 am
Thanks! :)
 
ritabelle511This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm
Wow! Just, wow. I love this so much! Is it sad that I felt compassion for a leaf? :) Beautifully written. Bravo.
 
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 17, 2011 at 1:29 am
Oh yeah? Well thank you! I wasn't sure if it was good or not, but I'm glad you liked it. :)
 
Zinaidia replied...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm
Wow. This poem is just soaking with amazing-ness. Since it is bunched together it is a little harder to read, but other than that, great job!
 
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