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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leaf




fragile
tired old leaf
blown any place the
wind happens to lift & drop
it for you or me to discover on a
stepping stone just outside the door
a brittle reminder of the importance of
kindness to all who cross our paths and to
ourselves as well for any of us can be blown
off course in any moment-- the tenderness of a
stranger taking notice & a photograph simply because
we you and i are here and this world would not be the same
without us or this ragged desiccated leaf blown onto a
stepping stone just outside the door jagged edged
beauty coaxing a soul to pay attention to the
simple things scattered bits sacred in their
heart opening qualities reminding us of
our fragility & the gentle kiss of kind
acknowledgement on an ordinary
early autumn afternoon
thank you wise
tired old
leaf


linking to my talented poet friends @:
d'Verse
 and Emily  @



To read another recent poem of mine about gratitude as well as essays and poems by several wise, inspiring women, visit Buddha Chick Life a bimonthly online magazine where women gather to share insights with hearts and minds wide open.

49 comments:

  1. i'm right with you, sister... i love these words.

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  2. Treasure words, emotionally powerful spirit words, I am blessed.

    Remembering you and your family.

    WOW!

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  3. I love this!
    What wisdom nature brings right to the door!

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  4. You are an incredibly talented and gifted writer, Laura! This is really beautiful!

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  5. Beautiful! This is full of deep feelings and gratitude.
    So much a leaf can tell our hearts.
    Sweet day, my dear.

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  6. I always enjoy your words and your point of view so much--this leaf that lends strength where it itself has none is just one example of how you always make us reflect on how important it is to pay attention to the things that matter instead of the things that don't. Thank you.

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  7. You chose a powerful metaphor.. the tired old leaf ... to be thankful for our fragile life and remind us of the beauty of simple things ~

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  8. Very nice--lovely photo and great poem. Mickie :)

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  9. Beautiful, emotionally charged words (as they should be!) and a lovely form mimicing the leaf.

    Powerful and haunting.

    Lady Nyo

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  10. nice..the leaves are beautiful this time of year...that brilliant in their death...there is much to glean of old leaves..and they fertilize the ground for the next as well...

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  11. So beautiful, aesthetically and emotionally and poetically.

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  12. What a wonderful, classic, beautiful poem..... your leaf just floated into my life and I, madam, am grateful! It's little things like that which reminds us of the truly important things in life. Interestingly, I just finished a shape poem myself today and am planning on sharing it with dVerse next week... I hope that you will look for my name next week.... I'm John Richter btw......

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  13. Thank you for your belief in the heart-wise wisdom that is blown with that leaf upon the doorstep where you take one more step into the world of great wind. May spring bring you re-leaf! ( ;0= }

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  14. A lovely poem and I really like the photo of the leaf. You have such a way of showing how the little things in life are just as important as the big ones :o)

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  15. There'll be a million of these leaves blowing around soon!

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  16. So uplifting - the words and the photo. A reminder of what is important. Thank you.

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  17. so lovely an old leaf what a great poem you have written
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/13/a-new-life-begins/

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  18. It takes a sensitive soul and a mind of poet to notice a dried up leaf and see all this in its texture, dear Laura.;)
    Have a lovely day,
    xoxo

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  19. beautifully said and oh so true.

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  20. Such life your little leaf has. We are all so individual.

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  21. Ageless wisdom lies, often wrapped in the smallest, simplest packages...a leaf is sometimes all we need to remind us, and to teach us of life. Sensitive and splendid work.

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  22. Laura, whenever I visit, I feel as though I am drinking up your energy, recharging myself for my next real world battle. I'm not sure if you realize just how far your reach travels, or just how many souls have been lightened at your hand...but you are doing good work here, and I wish to express my gratitude to you...thank you!

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  23. The words are awesome, 'specially when packed inside that form! Great job!

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  24. Ah,. sweet fragility, Laura. Such beauty all for our pleasure.

    The words seized my heart and shook it with a friendly hug.

    (And please don't judge me badly for what my eyes see... but your poem to me is also shaped like a lovely breast, bringing succor and life to thirsty ears, like God's gift of bread to our souls, all of us children in his loving care.)

    xoxo

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  25. A picturesque, well framed, well said piece that point out that in the tiniest bits of nature, we find symbols that encompass the whole. Thank you, G.

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  26. This is beautiful. I love how you were able to create such a visually appealing piece that also warms the soul :)

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  27. The shape of your poem, thoughts, and heart all like a leaf reminding us to stop and pay homage to the journey.

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  28. reminding us of
    our fragility & the gentle kiss of kind
    acknowledgement

    mirroring and attention are two vital functions of humans, thank you for this back to center poem, lovely.

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  29. lovely work, miss laura. i am still thinking of you often and hoping you are feeling well. love the visual part to this piece, too. love, from a crunchy old leaf who values the kindness of others... :)

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  30. Beautiful words and photo, Laura. Have a great weekend!

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  31. Such beauty, nature's gifts, words to match.

    Thank you, for sharing.

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  32. AB-SO-LUTE-LY WONDERFUL. A standing ovation for this beautifully written life wisdom.

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  33. That is so beautiful. Wonderful thoughts

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  34. laura, you always coax this tired old soul to pay attention... thank you. xoxo

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  35. The language arts teacher in me loves your concrete poem:) And the poet in me loves the beautifully written message.

    Love to you ~

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  36. Love your pics, and your poetic way of approaching things, Laura!

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  37. Very much dig this poem, both in its truth and how you fashioned it. Wonderful write to read as the cool air blows through my open window, thank you ~

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  38. Beautiful words and photo.

    Greetings and best wishes for you Laura

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  39. I love your poem and your photos are just gorgeous. You do have a lovely way with the words. I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  40. Again, the combination of words and photos makes this post amazing!

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  41. a beautiful picture and amazing poem....

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