In youth, I found a joyful leap of heart
In every sunny, rainy, snowy day.
But now, life is dry like cracked, sun-burnt clay.
From day until night, from finish to start
I exist, ignoring thoughts turning dark.
Blind, I wander, as leaves around me play
Like marathon runners, dashing away,
Hurrying forward along the sidewalk.
Leaves! Oh, do you recall the time when we
Collected them? They were scattered across
Your tiny yard from the neighbor’s oak tree,
And we saved them from the first morning frost
To preserve them in books–sweet memories
Rescued from a tree (and a time) now lost.
Copyright Sarah Davidson 2020