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Leaves
 
When in spring I saw the emerging art
Tenderly hailing the north-seeking sun
I welcomed warmth into my novice heart
And fled the shadows loneliness had spun.
And when those leaves the growing sun had freed
Swelled to such heights they put all else to shame
My leaping heart in ecstasy believed
What summer’s verdant words had set aflame.
But when I felt the sun begin to cool
And leaves once nourished by its ardent play
All quietly faded, then I the fool
Watched them fall where lengthening shadows play.
Yet still, like embers fanned by mocking winds
They burn my heart to ashes as love ends.
 
Carolyne Butler
(Copyright © 2000)