Two leaves falling in an autumn sky
suddenly caught in a swirl of wind.
Instead of their expected journey
from tree to ground, they move sideways,
turning to show all their colors,
orange, gold, and crimson, strange
birds in flight, spiraling in the play
of wind. They flutter down, then lift
away from the tree, rising into the clear
crisp blue, as if there was only
the sky and the two leaves,
as if they weren’t falling, but dancing.
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