She chooses to remember that Sun was kind when he whispered morning melodies Fed her green smoothies and avocado toast Smiled and told her to hang on a better day was dawning
The ritual continued day and night Sunshine and young Leaf played games on neighbors' shadows until Moon chased Sun from the branches Sun always managed to find a purple mountain to hide behind While Leaf played hide and seek with Moon Sun was a patient and gentle suitor He knew he could court his Precious One again in the morning dew
But now Leaf's skin is cracked and prematurely wrinkled All because Summer ravaged her imagined rival After hearing the Four Winds taunt Leaf's boundless beauty could not be matched nor denied
Summer was relentless this year With her hot soggy Southern whiskey breath and moldy stinging pursed lips Jealousy joined Summer and together they overpowered the youngling and others like her Leaf turned to catch a glimpse of an old friend Who decided long ago to mock Fate Who drifted down a pitiless path With no one to comfort him No one to dry his tears
Helplessly, Leaf bounced down a cracked sidewalk that scratched and discolored her cheeks Why did this happen to such an innocent part of creation Who merely longed to dance and twirl and laugh with Grandfather Tree Who closed his eyes for just a moment and lost his hold on her
If she had a little more time, she thought She could say good-bye to those who loved her for a Season It's too early Not even October, she cried So unfair
Leaf landed on a stranger's lawn Her tired fingers released her hold on the brittle dry grass She resigned to the idea that this was her final resting place
Leaf will be content until she sees her Beloved Autumn Whom she never met but heard stories about How he cools the brow of Nature's broken ones with his misty kisses And takes them to his sanctuary Specially prepared for those who trust him
There Springs and Waterfalls sing in harmony Old things are made new And Love and memories grow new gardens In due Season
Absolutely my favorite! I was there!
So glad you liked it. Thank you.