Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lonely Leaf Floating Down a Stream By Jasen Sousa

Lonely Leaf Floating Down a Stream

A slow fall as every moment
the leaf inches closer to the ground,
it falls into a river
and there is no sound.

The leaf burns with radiant autumn colors,
a fiery blend of yellow, orange and red,
it’s caught in the current of the stream
and downhill it is led.
It is violently pushed and pulled
and thrown off of rocks,
it goes on forever
and never stops.
There is no turning back,
nothing to hold,
everything is moving so fast,
the water is so cold.
Leaves are supposed to live forever,
but this one’s skin is
wrinkled and getting old.

It cannot go back to the branch with its peers
and cover up the bare bark of a tree,
never again be part of a beautiful picture
people stop to stare and see.

It is gone

and no one will take the time
to put it back where it belongs.
Never again know the home
where it has grown,
the place where it blossomed during autumn.
When you find the leaf
it will be washed up,
located at the river’s bottom.

For those unfamiliar, the leaf’s
beauty remains unknown,
wrinkled up and rotten, forever forgotten.
A lonely leaf
floating down a stream,
eyes halfway under water, blurry,
barely able to see its dream.

Taken From
Selected Poems of Jasen Sousa
Comprised of works from:
Life, Weather (First Collection of Poems Written At Age 17) (Not In College)
A Thought and A Tear for Every Day of The Year: A Poetic Diary (Written Between ages 18-19) (Stint at Suffolk University)
Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
Almost Forever (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
A Mosaic of My Mind (Written at Age 24) (Beginning Emerson College)

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