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The Leaf and the Nowhere Hole
by D L Johnson
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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 The Leaf and the Nowhere Hole
Dan Johnson
© June, 2011
This poem was written while listening to a recording of Miles Davis play Flamenco Sketch.

Often during falls chill when things change; green goes to gray, the air is crisper, the rain, a precursor to the coming snow, life for a leaf soon hangs by a bare thread, unsure of how much time it has until it is snatched from its perch, made ready for a fall from grace. It happens one day when one season makes way for another; the right pressure, followed by the loneliest sound a leaf can hear…it is like a lover leaving with those forever and final steps that it happens. From the top of this mighty maple down its hardened outstretched arms to float with little lift from the fall air to a cold crisp bed of grass then whoosh a gust of wind lifts the leaf, elevating to new heights of hoping, praying, looking skyward with the dreams that it would somehow be reattached to the now barren limb…rain falls what can this little leaf do to survive…pushed up by the wind pressed down by the rain, soon, the rain wins this battle and the leaf is left to soak in cold heartless baths of …a drain…where it circles, wrinkles, circles, folds in unnatural shapes and circles until it is gone to a nowhere hole never more to be the greatest leaf of them all.



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Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/14/2011
"Whatever happened to forever?" Dan, from nature's mystery and dance you have created a wonderful song of reason. There is the raw grip of finality, embraced with love and compassion. I truly enjoyed this marvelous rendering my dear friend. I bid you love and peace. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/11/2011
I love this. There is much to garner from your verses; symbolic and meaningful. Also, this reminds me of a poem that I posted here quite some time ago. It is entitled, "Beauty" and you vividly brought back the meaning and the sentiments behind why I wrote it. Thank you, Dan. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/11/2011
The title is an instant draw and the poem, well, it's the perfect compliment to it. This is one of your best by far! Patrick
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/9/2011
As usual a fantastic write Dan.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/9/2011
Wonderful writing ....I love this sweet Dan ... Hugss.... take care
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/9/2011
It's often the little things that have the most impact on us. Really liked this piece, my friend.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 6/8/2011
Terrific observations. Yet this is the destiny of all things in the cosmos.
Reviewed by Richard King 6/8/2011
oh but that's not the end.... it now becomes food for a worm, who then excretes it to become fertilizer for the next crop of leaves and the cycle continues.... evermore.

Nice write Dan, Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/8/2011
Carries a solemnity as to how futile and fleeting life can be, well said...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/8/2011
This is a splendid poem.
It moves, it haunts, it challenges
and stays long long after in the heart.
This I save.

Reviewed by CJ Heck 6/8/2011
Very clever, Dan. Wonderful images, excellent writing and story.
Hugs to you,
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/8/2011
And eventually, at some point, to be crushed in irreverent fingers. Great title - nicely conceptualized Dan.
Blessings ... richard
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/8/2011
Wonderful expressions of the many layers of nature, Dan!
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 6/8/2011
I absolutely love this!! The images are just wonderful, TD... and yes I find myself grieving for that leaf... wanting it to return.
Excellent work! hugs, SPP
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 6/8/2011
How good is this? GREAT, that's how good.
Bravo Dan,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/8/2011
Well, I know I have tears in my eyes.
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