Kicking Leaves Again


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The trees are bare
Yet no trace of a season remains
Raked and bagged, it is no more

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Except in my little plot of this earth
Where the leaves still swirl
Lifted by the November gales

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The energy spend of a summer season
Will remain, food for the life in the soil

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It will again
Be the the green of our next growing season

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For now I will be out kicking leaves
Until the snows of winter
Blankets the fall and prepares for a coming spring

Hibernation


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Hibernation
It is a matter of orbits and tilts
Of light verses dark
Warm over cold
A means of survival

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To flourish
When all things seem alive
To hibernate
When life is frozen against the low angle light

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Each morning the sun moves along the horizon
It is that season
As day equals night

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To awaken
Out of a den
To emerge from the mud
Or beneath the matted leaves
Whether the earth is ready or not

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Life is stirred
Weaken, yet hopeful
To what life offers ahead

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