Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Leaves Grow

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
Nurturing their newborn spirits,
Whispering His encouragement
For them to be a living banner
In April’s wind.

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
Feeding their adolescent appetites
with sun and rain,
Weaving from bark covered bones
A green hued frame.

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
Many self-sustaining lives,
Living and breathing for a season,
To bear from fruitful labor
The product of summer.

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
In the waning year,
Their color reflecting a golden life,
Form affected and functions fulfilled,
Released to fly, a final wave goodbye.

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
Finding Earth’s floor
In a motionless rest,
Blending with Earth’s substance,
His children gone, a generation removed.

Does God watch the leaves grow like children?
When new spirits stir,
From a cold, hard ground
And the fruits of removed generations
Feed the budding of a father’s delight.

Copyright © 2005 Mark Brendel

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