Clean
    Footnotes
    Theme

    “Clean,” New Era, Oct. 2012, 49

    Clean

    With its perfectly straight veins,

    The leaf knows when to change,

    That it cannot remain

    On the tree to which it is chained.

    As it falls, it forgets, the thin mist

    Obscuring all but one important detail—

    Knowledge, complicated, but beginning to untwist.

    Drifting gently into the water, red turns pale;

    Then it is gone.

    leaf on water

    Photo by Lara Deppe