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A Thread of Leaves

Updated on April 17, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

D. Sikes. Colorful Aspen leaves. Interior Alaska.
D. Sikes. Colorful Aspen leaves. Interior Alaska. | Source

The trees spin their thread in the wind

winding around each icy eye,

needle finding its point,

threading its eye.


As in a dance,

each point finds its mate--

a bit of lace

rethreading again and again,

as through the winter

each struggles to reattach deserting leaves.


As each gust announces

the departure of laced partners,

each leaving, long delayed

becomes an arrival

upon waiting lawn and concrete below,

painting my world

in brilliant hues,

while the trees

mourn their losses

and rethread once more.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

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      Audrey Howitt 

      15 months ago from California

      Thank you Rolly!

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Audrey... I can so appreciate what you are saying about the leaf. It plans such an important role. As I was reading I was pondering all they accomplish in their short seasons. The provide ao much and even after they pass they continue to provide nourishment for the new growth to follow... great words...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Amy!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Wayne!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Hi Tom! Hope you are well!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you DDE!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Lee!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Martin!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Thank you Erik!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you alahiker!

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      Beautifully written, wonderfully engaging words, an absolute joy to read over and over again, thank you, Lee

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I enjoyed this poem portraying the dance of the leaves as they fall to the ground in swirling patterns dependent upon the winds at that moment in time. Nicely written. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you peachpurple!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh i love to watch leaves fall from trees, beautiful hub

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby! Hope you are well!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoyed reading this poem with such a great image.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you cat!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Oh wow WannaB! Good to know! And thank you!!

      @ Movie Master, KooffeeKlatch, Tillsonititan, Sue, Fossillady, drbj, Michelle, and ocfireflies, rajan, Denise, xstatic, et al --Thank you! Now off to visit you!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      How well this portrays the mood of autumn and the falling leaves. Believe it or not, I found you through Teckler.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you MrsBrownsParlour!!

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      Movie Master 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Simply beautiful Audrey - wonderful thank you, voted up!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful imagery. I have pictures in my mind of walking through the woods in the fall. The colors are a kaleidoscope of colors.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Just beautiful! Threading it's way into our senses and our minds. One can only think of fall and the beautiful leaves.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      5 years ago from California

      Audrey, You have such a wonderful way when describing the beauty of nature. Autumn is my favorite time of the year and I can guarantee you that I will never look at an Autumn leaf the same way ever again. Beautiful! Voted up and shared--Lisa♥

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      You have brilliantly traced the movements of nature in autumn, and so the cycle in our lives too. Thanks for sharing, Audrey!

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are such an awesome poet. Your ability to weave images so effortlessly is a testament to your talent. Much enjoyed.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lovely poem with awesome imagery, Audrey. Love the rustling of leaves in the autumn.

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      theidenticaltwo 

      5 years ago

      What beauty my eyes bestowed upon! Wonderful write!

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Just lovely, Audrey. Autumn is my favorite season on many levels. Wonderful poem.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful! A metaphor of death and renewal, a never ending cycle.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Really beautiful and the images are lovely. Thanks you so much for this delightful poem.

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      What lovely images created by your words! UP/sharing.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      A truly beautiful ode to those gorgeous buds of Spring. I love them when they are brand new and feel saddened when they disperse for the winter.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Wonderfully expressed. I enjoy reading all your poems. You are an awesome poet. Voted way up.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Beauty! I love all the imagery of leaves, needles and thread. A beautifully spun poem. : )

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      The cycle of life in trees....spun so beautifully:-))

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      Kathi 

      5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Threads of loveliness in the wind

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      Sueswan 

      5 years ago

      "The trees spin their thread in the wind

      winding around each icy eye,

      needle finding its point,

      threading its eye."

      Love the imagery! Beautiful!

      Voted up and sharing.

      Take care :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      It is only by detachment that the trees can renew themselves.

      I love this one, Audrey! Your use of the imagery of spinning thread and lace is beautiful.

      My favorite part:

      "the departure of laced partners,

      each leaving, long delayed

      becomes an arrival

      upon waiting lawn and concrete below,

      painting my world

      in brilliant hues,

      while the trees

      mourn their losses

      and rethread once more."

      Wow! Thank you for the treat !

      :) Cat

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      HI Theater Girl! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful and vivid words to describe the falling leaves. When my son was very young, he went outside and had gotten so upset that we had raked up all the leaves off the ground, as he stated, "All the colors of the leaves on the ground were so cool!" It stunned me that he, being so young, noticed such of the beauty of the fallen leaves and their colors on the ground. It is a lovely site to behold. He is grown now and an artist, or he loves to paint. I think he is an artist. He loves poetry too. However, he does not do those for a living.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      beautiful one, Audrey!

      As new leaves springing up...what a dedication :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the way you wove the intricate pattern of the leaves, then the loneliness of the tree when leaves are gone, just beautiful!!

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You describe leaves with the individuality of human beings, Audrey, which is how I look at the differences and similiaries inherent in the myriad of leaves off the same ancient oak tree. When they fall, they land as if regrouping with their family, all in a bunch with a few lone wolves following the call of the wind. The cycle of life continues, as with all living things, until their source returns to the ashes of the earth, nourishing the ground for the next generation. Awesome, as always, Audrey. You are a dream weaver of words with a vision.

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      Vicki Parker 

      5 years ago from the Deep South

      Nice job!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Such a beautifully written poem my friend, enjoyed reading it !

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      Erik Estabrook 

      5 years ago from Elmwood Park, Illinois

      I enjoyed the simile of a tree and its leaves to a needle and thread, the entire poem was pleasant.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beautiful poem, Audrey.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      almost like the leaves are children once they grow they move on and then new little ones come to light... thats how I read it.... Audrey amazing

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this opportunity for reflection.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      So poignant, Audrey, I was beginning to mourn for those desolate trees. Fascinating and imaginative, m'dear.

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I never before thought of the leaves as extensions of the tree in this sense, as if they send them out like a spider does its web. The imagery of lace was very striking too---I am reminded of filigreed leaf jewelry. This piece was quite interesting to me as well as beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you wetnose!!

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the way my senses engaged on this.....I could smell someone's fireplace, hear children shouting as they jumped in piles, feel the crisp air, see the colors......so great!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vincent--I also love hearing the crunch--and I must say that fall is my favorite month!!

      Audrey--you are a gift!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I could easily fill my rooms with leaves and feel absolutely glorious. And glorious is an apt adjective for this poetry Audrey. When I gaze at all the varieties and shapes and colors of leaves, I am reminded of how small I really am.I love to hold a leaf in my hand and feel the different textures. Thank you dear one for giving us this lasting gift.

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      Oh the beauty of the falling leaf, I love to walk through the woods and step on them just to hear the crunch. If I could put them back on their stems I would love to do so. They are magnificent even in departure from the safety of their branch. Beautifully done Audrey, voted up and shared.

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      wetnosedogs 

      5 years ago from Alabama

      A glorious hub on leaves. I love leaves in the autumn as they change color and fall and I love their welcome sign of warmer weather once again. Superb poem.

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