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LEAVES My mind wanders, as I sit at my cluttered desk, trying desperately to contact our clients. Working from home during the Covid-19 Lock down, is a challenge with no staff. I imagine myself sitting in a field of abundant green grass with cosmos flowers surrounding me. The old oak tree has lost some of it’s leaves, we are half way into Autumn. I see a bird’s nest not too far out of reach, but I am not quite tall enough to peep in. I hear tiny chirps, hungry fledglings awaiting their mothers return. A winding but strong stream, trickles beside me and I am mesmerised by the sound. It makes me sleepy, but my golden retriever Plato keeps barking at me to throw a stick into the stream. I lazily pat him and lay down on the grass. A fresh Easterly breeze is blowing gently caressing me, and rustling the leaves in this old oak tree that could tell me more than a lifetime of stories. A leaf falls into the trickling stream, and I hear the water running swifter. I suddenly see a fast flowing river that leads to rocks and rapids, but I still see the leaf flowing and churning and dipping and diving. I am so engrossed in its misfortune flowing towards a waterfall, that I become the leaf, and the waterfall roars as I drift closer to its thunder. I no longer feel peaceful as I struggle to not fall over the edge – but I am a tiny leaf in a vast world. The phone rings, and confused, still in my daydream, I reach to answer it. As I say Hello?’ the headline “Latest Covid-19 news” scrolls across the TV above my desk. Reality takes over, we must survive!

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Date: 5/10/2020 11:56:00 AM
Thanks for a relaxing break, nay - a vacation, which we can add to. Or embellish. This is a real gift as we forget we are day-dreaming with you ... even as you personify the weak leaf in a vast world (Waterfall, with strong current driving it over). Wonderful achievement in prose. Reality returns, but why stay THERE?! LOL! shalom shalom my dear sister. Thanks 4 great visits & encouragement. anil deo
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/12/2020 1:18:00 PM
The world is in a critical pandemic, all we must hope and pray for is that a resurgence of this vicious virus does not come back, stronger and bolder, it could wipe out 50 to 60 Percent of mankind - this secret enemy which is everywhere ,bows only to death. My greatest pleasure visiting your page and reading your brilliant poetry Shalom, Eirene - Jennifer.
Date: 5/6/2020 5:33:00 PM
An engaging narrative that captured the surreal-ness of it all ... a work-indused daydream turned nightmare, in such a natural fashion: "I no longer feel peaceful as I struggle to not fall over the edge - but I am a tiny leaf in a vast world". The pivotal moment. Like every other disaster that has befell us... we will get through this ... it's just not gonna be easy.
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/12/2020 1:09:00 PM
Hi Timothy - thank you for your sincere and lovely comment. I don't often write Narratives perhaps two or maybe three since I joined Poetry Soup, but this one just came to me, as I wrote one line, the next appeared in my mind. I hope everyone keeps safe and on guard so that together, with God's help, save this world. Blessings my friend, Jennifer.
Date: 4/11/2020 12:57:00 PM
Your lovely daydream serves as a pleasant distraction, Jenny, but we can't run away for long from reality. The virus is still all around, a threat to all of us. We need to stay safe, learning to survive. ~ I wish you a Happy Blessed Easter. Warm regards & Hugs // paul
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/12/2020 12:11:00 PM
I know, how awful, nowhere to run to - the whole world is topsy turvy a pandemic, who would have thought we would see this in our lifetime. Hope you are having a happy Easter. Warm regards and hugs my friend Paul, Jennifer.
Date: 4/10/2020 10:47:00 PM
Hello Jennifer … I do enjoy reading short stories, so therefore I enjoyed your daydream into a better and less anxious time Jennifer. It is very hard to concentrate on anything but making sure we stay safe. Thank you Jennifer for your piece of positivity. We do need it - Lindsay
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/12/2020 12:09:00 PM
here will come a time when we will all blossom again - we have never seen or heard of a pandemic in our lifetimes - only in movies! Thank you Lindsay for a great comment, Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 4/6/2020 4:24:00 AM
I want to go back into your daydream Jennifer, you painted such a peaceful scene. We will get through this together. I loved this and wanted it to go on and on! Stay safe xxoo
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 7:03:00 AM
I actually wrote it for a short story competition, but I'm having troubles posting it - so glad you wanted my story to last longer and that you enjoyed it. Blessings dear Connie be well and safe! Jennifer.
Date: 4/6/2020 3:20:00 AM
Life is a gift given by our Creator and with His grace we will survive. A pity that even animals are getting the virus. Please stay say and blessings.
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 6:58:00 AM
Yes we have a lady that lives next door with a Labrador and I phoned her not to be upset but that I wouldn't br patting their dog until all becomes virus free again. Be safe also my friend. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 4/6/2020 1:18:00 AM
We will survive! Think of how long humans have been on this planet,)) I, also love your dog's name, Plato. My cats name has Greek also Great poem Panagiota xx
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 6:56:00 AM
Hi Panagiota, what is your cat's name - thank you for a lovely comment - yup too many humans it seems we are destined to be thinned out. But with God's grace we pray we will get there. Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 7:20:00 PM
'I am a tiny leaf in a vast world' - don't we all feel that way! I love that you named your golden retriever Plato :)
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 6:24:00 AM
Yes we do, so many leaves, so many people - Plato is very old now 13 years, for a big dog that is old, and has had two hip ops during his life and he has some pain but the vet has given us some arthritic powder to put in his food - he's not doing too well though. Blessings and save thoughts Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 4:31:00 PM
Superb imagery in this creation, Jennifer--lovely write from start to finish. I like the way you ended the poem bringing things back to reality we are all facing.
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 6:19:00 AM
I started the poem, with we must survive but my son who is an editor and has his own business, read it and said no mom, put it at the end which I did. Reality is so scary right now, take care my friend and be safe. Blessings Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 4:13:00 PM
Nature does make our minds ponder...It certainly has inspired you to write a poem...My garden inspires me... Really enjoyed reading your poem...We need something to distract is from what is going on at the moment
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/6/2020 6:13:00 AM
I do yoga via TV- my yoga teacher phones me twice a week and we do video yoga - so cool - she gives me a 5 minute relaxation and one of her talks that she read to me about a month ago inspired me - glad you enjoyed it my friend. Blessings, Jennifer
Date: 4/5/2020 3:45:00 PM
This is an excellent poem! I enjoyed this very much :)
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Date: 4/6/2020 6:07:00 AM
Thank-you Heidi that is sweet of you - so glad you enjoyed it. Be well my friend and safe, Blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 2:17:00 PM
wow... seems you and I were both sort of dreaming away from the reality today... good to see a new write from you, though my muse has been too buried in thoughts to write much these days... so many beautiful images in this one, thanks for allowing me to flow along on the journey with you... :) hugs and blessings my friend!!!!
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Sandra Adams
Date: 4/6/2020 6:59:00 PM
I would worry too...I have canceled testing because of the virus, it is bad here in the usa, and I only go out when I need medicine or food.... hugs and blessings that all goes well stay safe and take care ... XoXo
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/5/2020 3:07:00 PM
What you write is always terrific - your muse is maybe just having a moment or two. Sandy stay safe - my husband has to go urgently to Johannesburg tomorrow to a specialist - he was told on Friday - and - because of the Lock down and state of emergency I am not allowed to go with him - I am so desperately worried about him, and the fact that he has to go out, we have been in our home for two weeks. Hugs and love Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 1:55:00 PM
Great poem. It kept me right to the end. I did not want the story to end. Did the leaf make it? Reminds me of Freddy the leaf. It was a story I read to some of my hospice patients. Thank you for sharing.
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/5/2020 3:00:00 PM
I hope so Mark - thank you for a wonderful comment and happy you enjoyed it. Blessings Mark to you and yours. Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 1:02:00 PM
A new poetic version of O'Henry's classic short story, 'The Last Leaf.' No heroes needed....Really enjoyed this story, Jennifer. It gripped me. Thanks, Gershon
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/5/2020 3:11:00 PM
Thank-you my friend - i thought leaves and people are everywhere, so it was an apt write. Stay safe Gershon - blessings from across the pond. Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 12:51:00 PM
Hello Jennifer Proxenos, Hi!We must be strong in a time like this. This virus will not last forever. We are strong and we will get through this ordeal. Be safe. Enjoy your day my friend. xx hugs Darlene.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 4/5/2020 5:11:00 PM
Yes we will get through this ordeal together. I pray every night to God. Blessing and safe thoughts to you. Enjoy your evening my friend. Hugs. xx
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/5/2020 3:13:00 PM
Darlene I love that you visited me and wrote such an awesome comment - by the Grace of God we will. Blessings and safe thoughts, Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 12:18:00 PM
Enjoyed your verse Jennifer, I love those moments when your mind drifts taking you to another place and a noise like the phone brings you crashing back down. Hope you're all okay, stay safe. Tom
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 4/5/2020 3:18:00 PM
Hi Tom, All is Ok I hope - we discovered a bad mole on Elias's leg and he has to go to the specialist in Johannesburg tomorrow - we have been and are in a state of emergency and am not allowed to go with him - breaking our social distancing tomorrow - thank you for a wonderful comment my friend. Blessings Jennifer.
Date: 4/5/2020 11:58:00 AM
Hi Jennifer, Great day dream with a powerful and poignant message. The last line in this well written write is so true and a “ reality check that we all needed to hear “ we must survive .” Stay safe and well my friend:-) Alexis
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Date: 4/5/2020 3:20:00 PM
We will survive with the help of God - the world is in chaos my friend, but we must remain strong and positive. Thank you for such a lovely comment - say safe, Blessings and love Jennifer.