Waltz of the Autumn Leaf

Amber veins of brittle stem

spread thinly through my body,

serving as a fragile skeleton

to structure my scarlet paper skin

as I am tos't by warm soft wind.


To say I thought,

would be at fault,


my mind


on the breeze.


One second falling

Then suddenly





Did I once sit, green and new,

on my father's arm?


Was I once gloss and supple?


Was the air once warm?


My thoughts fall again,

and all that matters now

is twirling, all stately and slow

in the waltz of falling down.


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