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Leaves!

Leaves!

 Leaves

Unfurling, stretching

forth to the sun as if

to meet a new day-

new life begins

Growing, extending

filling the barren tree

with life, where winter

beat up with twigs

Delighting, producing

first blossoms, then fruit

to satisfy, where thirst-

hunger had dwelt

Protecting, sheltering

life and limb, when out

of season winds howl

birds retreat, animals shade

Anchored, to the trunk

branches alike, even aphids

find refuge. Low or high

food chain or human

Till season and reason

leave, life drains away

left to shrivel up and blow

on an Autumn wind

Yet, in their inglorious

retreat to compost

they have lived fast,

died well, left a beautiful ending

Colours to die for float away

fall to nothing it seems-

fetilizer, to nourish

next seasons-Leaves!

Are we Leaves?