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Today I Danced with Leaves

Walking down the country road
the wind picked up,
and the dead leaves
freshly falling from the trees, said— May I?    
And who could refuse such an ecstatic invitation!

So there i was, thankfully with no one watching,
following the brown swirling dancers
twirling round and round 
in a celebratory dance-

then pausing…
as i watched them float down, down, down
til they kissed the Earth
teaching me how to leave 
this one delicate life.