A Poem: “One Green Leaf”

 

There was one green leaf left on the tree

and I just couldn’t understand

none of the others had survived

yet that one green leaf was still alive.

 

Then a bird came and stood right next to it

I was scared that it would pick it off or something

but it didn’t

that one green leaf was still alive

and I for some reason was happy

though I didn’t really know why.

 

That night I went to bed

and it rained and rained with powerful winds

I thought of that leaf wondering if it had yet given in

I went out the next morning

the sun glaring sharply in my eyes

and there it was to my faithful surprise

that one green leaf was still alive.

 

Days went by

I seemed to forget about that leaf

I was too caught up in my own grief

fearing my future

doubting my dreams

then one day when I walked by that tree

something hit me.

 

I was finally able to see

I looked up through the light

and there it was

that one green leaf was still alive

surrounded by others

the tree was now full of leaves because that

one green leaf

refused to die.

 

(Editor’s note: guest poet Dahlia Kurtz is host of “Good Mornings with Dahlia Kurtz” on SiriusXM Canada)

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