Autumn leaf

The Rev. John Fairbrother

30 August 2017

Autumn leaf


Falling: Round small, golden light
Nudged from place, purpose done;
riding air in descent like flight
decay for energy to become

radical elements of earth and air,
among circumstance and chance,
to meld again without intent or care
nature’s way for life to enhance

fertility’s cyclic dance with death
yet, emotion softens indifferent birth
diverting fears with romantic breath
making beauty of decaying worth.

Matter portrays an endless dance,
energy held in intimate embrace,
no more stable than sideways glance
as change commands survival’s race

between birth and death, indifference
remains constant in leaf and stone;
matter and energy provide no fence
for life that knows it is alone.


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