The Leaves

There were strange leaves.
The boys were red square leaves,
the girls orange triangles.
and the tree was their mom.
She helped them grow strong,
and there were the dead leaves
on the ground.
"Help me! We want to go
back on our mom tree.
The leaves climbed to the top.
"Help me!" Leaves fell
and locked me onto the ground.
I saw sap. I said to the leaves,
"There's sap coming out
of the tree." They climbed up
and stuck their tip
on the sap. It was winter.
They fell and froze to death
in the darkness of the snow.
It never happened again.

Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.