July 28

Second Life


I can imagine

The gentle clatter

This leaf made when it

Tumbled to the ground

Brown paper bag stiff

The softest of sound

Tapping the gravel

Becoming earthbound


The softening starts

Rain penetrating

Intricate patterns

Of complex leaf parts

Wearing down that which

Is root counterpart

Though the leaf is downed

New life it has found


(An Octameter Poem)

May 26

Liriodendron tulipifera


The branches terminate gloriously

In flowers displaying magnificent

Shape, hidden overhead apically

Where winged wildlife investigate

Them, until descending elegantly

To forests’ humusy terra firma

Where humans finally appreciate.


(A Ropalic Poem)