Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Leafy Arbiter

Fallen down upon the ground
Shining in the sun
The leaf hangs on as autumn fades
A sign of things to come.

For winter beckons white and cold
The leaf turns parchment frail
Its red and gold dissolves into
A whiter shade of pale.

Yet seasons come and seasons go
And new life springs from old
Another leaf forms on a tree
Fearless, free and bold.

A metaphor for life itself
This leafy arbiter
Fraught with fragile certainty
Of who and what we were.

Photo © 2010 by Santa Fe Daily Photo
Poem © 2010 by Jacob Anson
All rights reserved

With many thanks to Randy at Santa Fe Daily Photo for his photographic inspiration.


Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Jacob!
A beautiful picture by Randy and so wonderful source of inspiration!
Your words are full of feelings, adorable poem, it's brilliant!
*** Sorry for this late comment, only now we could visit.
Léia & Cezar

joo said...

Oh Jacob, I love the idea of 'leafy arbiter'! You keep amaze me with your poems and creativity!

Small City Scenes said...

Very nice, very good and very true. I like it as the words roll through my brain. MB

lizziviggi said...

I love your poem! An autumn leaf as metaphor for life-- how true. It makes me think of "September Song" a little... Sarah Vaughn does my favorite version of it.

JunieRose2005 said...

I love that poem!


Rose said...

I surely do love this one...

Francisca said...

This poem begs to be read out loud. Nice, Jacob.