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a brown and curling maple leave hangs suspended mid-air
in the clearing by the lake, transfixed by the view and kindness 
woven within the web it watches the rain fall

within the transparent lace-like web, it curls inward
its only movement seems a solemn gesture of reverence
with its last bit of I it sighs, what better place to die

shielded from the gentle rain within the prayerful curl of sable leaf
the spider waits for the Autumn wind to tear them free, to fly ... on
to see the conifers green among the forest's rise

brisk winds rent the leave from loom and upward rise the pair
a spider spinning on the sable leave of maple anchored by a strand  
as we our spirits torn, are reborn, within the clutch

the center holds sound its claim nature's umbilicus, man
like the spider's leaf born flight, we seek on unknown winds to rise
gentle the breeze or harsh the Fall's feverous gale, still … we rise 

First Published in Fall Legends - Kind of a Hurricane Press 2013

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/31/2015 1:44:00 AM
Touching and pictorial. Julia, :)
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Date: 6/13/2015 10:56:00 AM
Wonderful Debbie, how a lonely leaf takes center piece is lovely. It reminds me of my 'Lonely Leaf in the Water' to my fav's, smiles, James xx
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Date: 6/11/2015 11:31:00 PM
Debbie, you had me in tears by the end of your second stanza. I am beginning to think the depths of your talents are infinite. This is going straight into my fave's. 7
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 6/13/2015 12:26:00 PM
You are so dear Connie!
Date: 6/11/2015 10:25:00 PM
Meta-morphical ! Congrats dear poet with your finding space within the pages ! Have a wonderful journey ...much love, james
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 6/13/2015 12:27:00 PM
Thank you James long time no hear - sijo is a lovely form - try some!
Date: 6/11/2015 11:07:00 AM
The poem flows with a lonely beat and the words say everything by evoking thoughts within the reader's consciousness. Emile #7
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Date: 6/9/2015 4:15:00 PM
An excellent piece of poetry. Great imagery and well penned.
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Date: 6/8/2015 1:36:00 AM
Debbie, what a focus on such leaf then it sprays and shifts to more.. =') beautiful! ~olive eloisa
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Date: 6/5/2015 6:54:00 AM
These are wonderful Debbie,,look at bottom line first poem,
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 6/5/2015 7:51:00 AM
thanks so much Harry - getting old repeating myself LOL
Date: 6/4/2015 11:29:00 PM
Always a delight to read ur insightful poems Debbie,, great work!
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