Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalMarch 28, 2014 

a cache

of leaves

is trapped

against

the neighbors

back yard fence

they hung on

long before

their fall

escaped

the last

rake

recycle

sack

most of

their

remaining

kin

have

wind blown

scattered

they and

a few

bush tangled

cousins

made it

through

a bitter

winter

feel now

the first

faint hint

of springing

green

beneath

them

do they

know

their

capture

looms

that they

will not

return

to birth

but be

resigned

to a compost

pile

nearby

give grass

the chance

to breathe

free

before

first

mower

motor

whirr

stirs

to tame

new growth

into

turf treated

uniformity

we

survived

also

by layering

our protection

staying off

snowy roads

turning up

the heat

lucky

arent we

faces sunward

even if

the garage

needs cleaning

we have

already

started

sneezing

and rain

soaked

mud

reminds us

of what

we are

made

h.

 

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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