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One Green Leaf


One leaf fell from a tall, tall tree
and subtly kissed gnarled roots beneath;
a lover’s kiss below sunned-sheath 
of greenest leaves, a jubilee.  

One spiraling leaf brought playful mirth
to sullen earth of trodden dirt.
A flight of hopeful shades of spring,
for hard, hard ground, an offering

One leaf dressed in a sparkling jade
glided with grace to green grass blades    
and rested near a bubbling brook,
then waited for warm breeze that shook
its flirty skirt on green, green glade.   

An arc of bright green canopy
warmed my heart in bluest mood, 
and one leaf blew a kiss from you.
It twirled and pranced and floated by,
then with a touch it came to lie 
green in my hand, a dear surprise. 

Like emerald hills of Irish tales, 
I marveled at how one leaf sailed
green In my hand that blue, blue day,
a kiss from you on Patty’s Day -
The gray clouds parted shining green, 
a beauty like I’d never seen.


for Francine's Show Me the Green Contest, 3/18/15 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/26/2017 11:07:00 PM
To an appreciable extent, we are all 'falling leaves' going through life. Great poem, Rhonda, consistent flow, beautiful images, good times. : )
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Date: 4/5/2016 7:46:00 AM
what did you mean when you in the 4th line of greenest leaves a jubilee? Did you mean that it was like a celebration.
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Date: 2/20/2016 3:07:00 PM
Miss reading your lovely poems, Rhonda. i saw this gem and it warmed my heart and my imagination. A fave and hope you get back to writing or sharing on this site again soon. Miss you! Hugs from Laura :)
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 2/22/2016 12:03:00 AM
Hi Laura...thanks for thinking of me and inspiring me to pick up my pen! I was inspired tonight to write a few new poems and posted a couple. Hopefully, I'll have more time to spend here in the next couple months. Hugs, Rhonda
Date: 7/15/2015 12:50:00 PM
I love green and I love leaves therefore I love this poem. Into my faves. Hugs, SuZ
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Date: 6/7/2015 11:18:00 PM
Rhonda, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win! Forever *SKAT*
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Date: 6/7/2015 2:38:00 PM
Your poem itself, is a green jubilee !! Lovely piece !! Congratulations, Rhonda!!
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Date: 6/7/2015 1:10:00 AM
absolutely beautiful Rhonda - many congrats on your win:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 4/25/2015 9:50:00 PM
Breathtakingly beautiful...#7.
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Date: 4/1/2015 1:42:00 PM
Too long for a contest or not, please do not alter a single word! My Irish blood says this is a winner and I haven't drank a drop today! Definitely adding this one to my fav list. Bravoooooo!!!!! A7
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Date: 3/26/2015 12:31:00 PM
This is a well thought piece, showcasing the tender make up of your soul and the immense creativity, so rich in your mind. I so love this and thanks a lot for sharing..
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Date: 3/25/2015 7:32:00 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Love the line "Like emerald hills of Irish tales"
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Date: 3/19/2015 11:07:00 AM
Hi Rhonda! Read your comment below....forget the contest and leave this beautiful poem as it is; it is already a winner as it is! A top7 rating for you...excellent! // paul
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Date: 3/19/2015 10:34:00 AM
Wow!! This one is of very poetic quality..I enjoyed reading it.Reads like a winner to me.Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara
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Date: 3/19/2015 7:27:00 AM
I love the imagery Rhonda.. :)!!!! I love the freedom the leaf traveled.. !!! soft and so graceful!!!//olive eloisa
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Date: 3/19/2015 1:37:00 AM
This is real poetry, for the uninitiated and those still groping in the dark. This is the kind of nuggets that lead to the Oslo Prize...#7
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Date: 3/19/2015 12:58:00 AM
So rich in imagery and gentleness Winner or no, with your permission I'm getting it printed on nice paper, framed and put aside for my Irish Aunt for next St. Patrick's day. Truly lovely verse that you should be well proud of. Mister Viv x
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 3/19/2015 1:45:00 AM
Thank you, Viv...I would be honored if you shared this with your aunt!
Date: 3/18/2015 9:41:00 PM
Oh Rhonda, this poem is a winner for sure and will be at the top, is my prediction! The profound feelings from just that little green leaf are stunning in it scope and beauty. This is so impressive and it is going into my fave's. 7
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Date: 3/18/2015 7:22:00 PM
WOW!! Rhonda, this blew me away with the creative imagery. Going in my favs! Love, Kim
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 3/18/2015 8:36:00 PM
Thanks so much, Kim...I'm honored. Hugs, Rhonda
Date: 3/18/2015 2:47:00 PM
Excellent! A Fav!
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 3/18/2015 8:35:00 PM
Thanks, Armand...I'm honored. I just realized the poem has too many lines for the contest, an since I don't want to shorten it, I doubt I'll place. Hugs, Rhonda