Leslie Alexis

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The Decaying Green - Poem by Leslie Alexis

Walking along the path I heard leaves break
Becoming like dirt under the soles of my shoes.
They, in their millions, epitomized beauty
And life, but now they decompose and wane.

Today the streets are littered with their remnants
And on tomorrow they shall be no more
For Life halts as fate wields her unbiased winds,
And death covers the land in shades of black.

The loss makes one ponder: just yesterday
The trees stood tall in their armor of green,
Questioning - in rustle - even the breath of God,
But today they lie alone - humbly unclothed.

When many tomorrows pass they'd suit again
Sprinklings of green would patch both shell and shield
Making these soldiers stand in armor once more,
In shine and numbers showing their glory.

The same way great airplanes take from the birds
So too does the economy from the wave of nature
Such that one day the dollar is strong, and the next
It dies, but surely like the trees it blooms again.

Copyright © 2009 Leslie Alexis

Topic(s) of this poem: hope, loss, money, natural law, nature

Comments about The Decaying Green by Leslie Alexis

  • Bharati Nayak (8/12/2016 9:45:00 PM)

    The journey through life and death, light and darkness, hope and despair so nicely expressed in this poem.Such a marvelous write, thanks for sharing.It goes to my poem list. (Report) Reply

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  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/12/2016 10:42:00 AM)

    The love for nature particularly trees is revealed in a great manner.A nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/12/2016 6:18:00 AM)

    Worthy poem for poem of the day but the switch for nature to money in the final verse jolts. Still a 10. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/12/2016 2:53:00 AM)

    Superbly described- the seasonal changes of nature altering the face of the earth like it happens in our lives where death means a complete transformation. The poet has given a perfect treatment to this philosophical idea so as to make this poem an outstanding piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/12/2016 2:23:00 AM)

    Showing their glory. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 30, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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