This is a Leaf

This is a leaf, but not just a leaf, with colours of carmine and gold.

Rusted by the tears shed of a dying season and burned from the breath of dragons, it lays in evidence of an end and in wait of nothing.

I look closer now and my mind races in creative dreams of all that I see. For beyond the damp, cold material of life’s final breath, I see the beating heart of the world.

I see rock, molten with fire, as it oozes in cascade from life’s broken crust. This is the spear of Helios as it threads morning curtains to pierce the gloom of a shadow’s heart.

Acres of corn beneath burning skies open to meadows of saffron and lime. I am walking avenues of apricot, lined with the olive of willow, as I bridge oceans of lust and flame.

Chestnut and chocolate come together in a delicious tangle of temptation amidst banks of scarlet and jonquil.

I see no leaf, but autumn’s dream, as I wander by swollen streams in fields of straw. I breathe the misty air of a chill October’s day and see light from a morning star.

This is not a leaf but a lacy wing of gilded feathers or a pebble of amber in copper seas. This is life’s great wonder, nature’s finale, and a testament to living.

This is a leaf.

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17 Responses to This is a Leaf

  1. karenworth says:

    Love the imagery each time I read your work. So viviid and beautiful.

  2. Manuela, the Rose ;-) says:

    Keeping in mind that you don’t (or should I rather say didn’t?!) like autumn ‘too much’, this is an anthem of the colourful season 🙂 I enjoyed reading it so very much – thank you, Andrew!

  3. I could close my eyes and be walking alongside you as I read this…truly beautiful.

  4. avbarber says:

    Reblogged this on avbarber and commented:

    I have been digging through the archive and stumbled on this, one of my earliest essays, what do you think? 🙂

  5. georgeforfun says:

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun and commented:
    Missed this jewel originally, glad Andrew reposted it. Enjoyed it

  6. I can not believe I somehow missed reading this before now. Absolutely beautiful. You made the prospect of Autumn seem beautiful and full of hope. Only your words could make me see and feel the beauty and wonder of the end of summer.

  7. Reblogged this on authorlisacrowe and commented:
    Only Andrew could turn the thought of winter into something beautiful and amazing.

  8. ioniamartin says:

    I could have utilized your talent last year when I was searching for a piece to accompany a photo I put up for display in a gallery! Beautiful essay.

    • avbarber says:

      Somehow I only just found your comment – so my reply I hope is better late than never. thank you for your very kind words and hope that should you ever need words again, you will remember me 🙂

  9. randomramsey says:

    Reblogged this on RandomRamsey and commented:
    “For beyond the damp, cold material of life’s final breath, I see the beating heart of the world …”

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