The Falling Leaf

A falling leaf on my deck
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Spring's olive bud sprouts on a limb,

joins others, takes full form.

Numerous leaves fill all the branches,

and a tree is born.


Summer's green umbrella shade

proudly stands in full array.

Suddenly antique gold emerges,

another season's on its way.


Crimson reds and maples

cling to the tree in fall,

finally yield to windy blasts

till one leaf's left, that's all.


Without struggle, leaf breaks free,

floats in autumn breeze,

parting from its empty branch,

gently lands with ease.


lays on ground, disintegrates,

joins soil from which it came,

feeds the roots of the sleeping tree

and becomes a sprout again.


Wouldn't it be significant if the globe could be a tree?

We, the leaves, branched out, a part

of the tree, yet unique

fulfilling purpose with our heart?


And as Winter closes in,

we break free and leave behind

a legacy or contribution

to encourage those after our kind.



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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wouldn't it be significant indeed if we were to do that?

Beautiful metaphor my friend, and it's so nice to see you writing again. Summer will be gone in a blink, and then fall, and winter, and round and round we go, and life calls us to prepare for each season and enjoy the bounty.

blessings always

bill


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

ahhh... the seasons pass ..sometimes right in front of our closed eyes.. great hub-write Sparklea..


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

" Seasons come and go; as life moves to, and fro; though there are those that dare; to stop, to think and care.....brown leaves, swept up by autumn's gust, like mortals, must return to dust, now free, at last, to tell their story, to Him, wrapped up in 'ternal glory......."

Your analagous, poetic ideas of leaving a legacy which you've graciously illustrated reinforces such a joyous, and hopeful idea, indeed.Sharing.

Warm Regards this evening, Sparklea;

Sincerely,

Romeo's Quill


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, how very beautiful, Sparklea!

Beautiful metaphor as to the seasons of our life and the changes that inevitably come as we pass from one season to the other. You are an amazing poet!

Truly lovely to read such superb work here.

Enjoyed it more than you will ever know.

So very thrilled you are writing again!!!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Just something about leaves isn't there so rapturous you might say? This is very pretty and reminds me I have one tucked away somewhere about leaves chasing in circles...better hunt it before winter, huh? I will try to get back as often as I can to read more. ^


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Billybuc: Thank you so much for your Presence on this page, means so much to hear from you! You are such a great encouragement to the hub family. It has been so hectic, but I am trying to stay with the hubs, and I am not forgetting your advice while working on my book, that the first few seconds of what someone reads are the most important.

I have a few more hubs I want to share, and I will, as soon as possible.

We have had a sick cat...just found out he has diabetes...glucose is 445, so I am learning to give insulin shots this week! Very squeamish for me to put a needle in ANYTHING, (can't even thread a needle:) --but it is Frodo's LIFE. Maybe Bev could fly to Upstate New York and help me? she is a kindred spirit animal lover! God bless you and your family real good Billybuc! Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

cleaner3: Thank you for your visit, and you are so correct about the seasons passing right in front of our eyes. I STUDY nature every morning on my walks and, this year, it was wonderful watching the trees come back to life and the flowers arrive. Now I see and smell hints of fall right around the corner. My favorite season. We in Upstate New York are quite fond of the apple places in our area and the cider and donuts people sell everywhere, not to mention the incredible scenery. God bless and thanks again, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Romeo's Quill Beautiful poetry! How very awesome. THANK YOU for sharing it in the comments section of this hub. Regardless of what happens on this beautiful earth, the seasons come and go...you are so right...so if we have a bad season, there will always be a new season. Isn't God just awesome?

Thank you for your sincere, heartfelt comments, it means so much. God bless, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Oh Faith, how I love to see your beautiful face pop up! I am SO trying to get some hubs written and thank you for your LOVELY comments, so very much appreciated. I DID manage to post a picture, but not the one I wanted! I have a picture I took of a beautiful leaf, which I am determined to add to this page. I am on a mission!

THANK YOU for your continuing encouragement! God bless, praying for all, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jackie, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this, so much appreciated! I have been trying to get to your last 2 hugs, and I will, it has been so very hectic. LOTS of appointments next week, never seen anything like it! I hope you can locate that poem you have tucked away and put it on Hub Pages. Fall is my very favorite season and I can't wait for the leaves to turn and the celebrations here in Upstate New York!

Lots of cider, donuts, apple dumplings, not to mention the scenery, especially in the Finger Lake area. God bless you real good, and THANK YOU. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Beautiful, reminds me of how seasons go around year by year. The poem and the pictures are perfect. They go together like a season should.

And this poem reminds me I will be raking leaves soon, but that is fine :)

God's world is wonderful.

Thank you so much for writing this poem, I love it!

God bless you Sparklea.


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Awesome piece and lovely shot. My favorite season has past...Spring but I enjoy summer and autumn too. And for winter? Might as well embrace it.

Great thoughts. Great metaphor. Passing it along.

Love from the sky~


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU Michelle! I'm still trying to learn to post pictures on HP, and I DO have a picture of a beautiful leaf which I hope to add to this hub. I took the pic on my i phone so I'm having a problem moving it to HP...

I LOVE and embrace the season of fall, and the cool morning walks remind me it's on its way. I so appreciate your comments. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

CrisSp: I so appreciate your taking time to read this poem and your comments. I also embrace Winter, as Mother Nature sleeps, I love the brisk quiet morning walks.

Thank you also for passing it along. God bless, Sparklea :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great work and seasons go by so fast our summer has been unusually hot this year but only have till end of September


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you DDE! I love the four seasons, but fall is my favorite. I so appreciate your taking time to read my poem and to comment. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A lovely poem about the seasons, but I saw it as an analogy for our lives as well and autumn is such a beautiful time, both of the year and of our lives.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Loved it and voting up for sure.

Eddy.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

BlossomsSB: Thanks so much for the great analogy that you saw in my poem...I really do not write much poetry, and when I do, I try to keep them simple, as well as, convey a message. I so appreciate your taking time to read this. God bless, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Eiddwen; Thank you so much for reading this and for voting up. It means a lot to me that you took the time to read and comment.

God bless, Sparklea :)


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Life goes on whether we want it to or not. The world keeps turning no matter how bad we feel. This is why we have to learn how to bounce back and keep moving forward.Life waits no one! beautiful thought provoking poem!Voted up


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

James-wolve Thank you so much for your visiting this hub and for your

encouraging comments. So very much appreciated. I just love Fall, my very favorite season. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Just absolutely beautiful--I love how you weave the seasons together and end with such a wonderful idea V+++

Blessings,

Kim


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hi Kim/ocfireflies Thank you for your lovely note. So much appreciate your stopping by and for your encouragement. God Bless you real good! Sparklea :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

We can learn a lot from the life cycle of a single leaf. Beautifully written and so inspiring.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you teaches12345 for visiting this hub and for your comments. Yes, nature shows us many, many cycles of life. We just need to be more observant of God's beautiful creation...to not just look, but to see. I praise God for the beauty He has shared with us from the ground, to the mountains, the oceans, lakes, skies. There is no end. God bless you and have a wonderful day. Sparklea :)


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Oh, this is beautiful! I am one of those odd people who adores fall.

You must have wonderful colorful autumns in Upstate, N.Y.

I really enjoyed this poem. You moved seamlessly from one season to the next. And, here we are at Autumn's front door.

Beautiful days to come!

DJ.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DJ Thanks for stopping by, and Fall is my very favorite season. Yes, Upstate New York is tremendous in the Fall...we have a cider mill nearby with home made cider and donuts. Lots of produce stands and apple pies are abundant in this area.

THANK YOU also for the video, I have kept it in my inbox to view soon, when I have a block of time. I will let you know when I watch it.

Blessings, Sparklea :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Your creativity with words always inspires and continues to haunt the very core of my heart.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Unknown Spy Thrilled you stopped by. I know you have been busy, and so have I. So hoping to get some more hubs up. I am taking a writing class next week - 3 of them in a one day period, so I've been busy preparing for that. I wrote this leaf poem for a contest at work a few years ago, and I thought I would share it. God bless, so glad to hear from you, and thank you for your comments. Sparklea :)


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Simply beautiful, especially that last verse. I also loved the photos.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Happyboomernurse: I so appreciate your stopping by. I don't do a lot of poetry, but if I feel words coming together, I take a stab at it. Thank you for your positive feedback and your votes. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Very nice Sparklea :) Hope you have an enjoyable night


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

LadyFiddler: Thank you for visiting this page and for your kind words.

I just love fall, especially my early morning walks among the beautiful trees, and the smell of the fall air. I find myself taking a lot of pictures :)

God bless, Sparklea :)


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

sparklea Sister this is such a lovely poem. It is heartfelt full of love and tenderness. I really enjoyed the read. God did bless you with a gift and I am so honored to have landed on your pages.

We are so like the tree. We do branch out. We sow seed if it be good or bad. Let us pray we always sow seeds of light in Christ, amen. May God continue to shine his glorious light through you precious woman. I love ya. Skye.

voted and shared!


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

Sparklea ~

Beautiful piece and imagery. I love the ideaa of going out and fulfilling our purpose and the passing on of wisdom. Such beautiful thoughts. Blessings to you :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

"I think that I shall never see a thing as lovely as a tree". If only we humans could naturally give back as do the fallen leaves. We did once. Why not again?

This is a beautiful poem and a positive message to Mankind, Sparklea.

Happy Birthday! My sister's birthday is today too. :-)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

skye2day: Oh, thank you so much for your lovely words, means the world to me. I think I've mentioned before that when at work, a lonely leaf drifted by my window, which inspired the title. I am so honored to have met you on Hub Pages. It has been so hectic lately, so I apologize for the late reply...that being said, I am thrilled with so many wonderful Hubbers I have met through this site, you being one of them. We share a common bond, both being twins :) I talk to my sis every single day.

God bless you real good, Sparklea :) :) :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

The Stages Of Me: Blessings to you, too! I am honored you stopped by. Sometimes life gets so crazy, and it is hard keeping up, so your taking the time to comment means so much...I don't write a lot of poetry, so I really appreciate it when I hear from others on this wonderful writing site. God bless, and thanks from my heart. :) Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

bravewarrior: THANK YOU for the birthday wish! Every year gets more wonderful on this special day of the gift of life. Also thank you for your comments and for taking time to read my poem, so very much appreciated! Your quote about "I think that I shall never see...I believe is a poem by Joyce Kilmer??? When I was in grade school we sang that song, and I have never forgotten it...even the tune! I LOVE trees, in all seasons. They are now disrobing to go to sleep for the winter. They are so inspirational, aren't they? I wish we could be like these trees, withstanding cold times, embracing Spring times and sharing beauty in the summer...then the transformation in the fall. BEAUTIFUL!

God bless you real good! Sparklea :)


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

When I get busy and I don't get a chance to go out for my daily walk I turn to one of your hubs and here I am in the middle of nature with the love of God all around me. I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

If only the globe could do that. Perhaps it can on a much more extended timetable. A lovely poem.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

FlourishAnyway THANK YOU for taking time to read this. I love fall, and I love the beautiful leaves. I think nature speaks to each and every one of us. We only have to listen to nature with our hearts and our Spirits. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DREAMON: I SO APPRECIATE your lovely comment about this poem which I wrote from my heart and soul. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

beautiful and lovely written poem.

Wellcome !

Voted up!


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

This is such a beautiful poem and is very well written! I used to write a ton of poetry back in high school and early college but I haven't gotten around to doing it much anymore. You have inspired me to bring things to life through words again! Thank you for that!


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

abbaelijah: thank you so much for taking time to read my poem. So much appreciated. At work one day a leaf floated by my window, which inspired me to write this piece. It is wonderful for such a simple event in my life to cause the Spirit in me to put this together. I take no credit for it, God did it through me. Blessings, Sparklea


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Torrs13: Thank you so much for your lovely note regarding this poem. Believe it or not I do not write much poetry...but when I was working, my place of employment offered a writing contest every year...poetry, short story and essay. I would enter all three...The Falling Leaf won first place, so I thought I would share it on the Hub Pages. I LOVE writing essays and non-fiction, but I did write a few short stories each year of the contest. Good exercise for those of us who are passionate about writing.

God bless and thank you from my heart. Sparklea :)


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Very nice! Thanks for sharing! ;-)


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DrBill-WmL-Smith: Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. It means a lot when a fellow writer takes the time to read what I have shared. I so appreciate it. God bless, Sparklea :)


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

Yes it would Spaklea We are leaves, each of us, actually. Doing unto others as we would they do unto us....producing seeds of love along the way

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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Sparklea 22 months ago from Upstate New York Author

pstraubie48: Yes, I totally agree! Thank you from my heart for taking time to read this and for your beautiful feedback. So glad we have our angels! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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