tom thump


fallen leaves


In the silence of the forest
once upon a time
a tree put out a few green leaves
soft as soft and green as green

but no one ever knew
and no one ever cared
what became of them
those few tender leaves

they grew up in their silence
listening to the flow
of the waters and the winds
of the rains and the storms

they fed their tree
and helped grow fruits
which fell unheeded
on the silent earth

and one day
when their time was ended
all those leaves we know
fell onto their dear earth

from whence they grew once more

Submitted: Monday, January 02, 2006

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