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It is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers they might have borne, if they had flourished.
-Dombey & Son

GBMD: That Leaf

“That leaf tries very hard to turn over
in very little wind. It lifts a corner
and settles on the ground exhausted, lifts
itself half over but, as the wind shifts,
falls face down eating mud. It hikes half up
in an attitude of prayer, then gives up.

tulip tree leaf autumn

Suddenly it turns fully over, sun
illuminating its dry belly. The sum
of all attempts is change, yet when change comes
it’s finally so easy the world becomes
instantly rearranged, present
from past estranged, the old energy spent
in almost angry astonishment.

Ash tree under autumn sky

All the leaf sees is sky, appallingly wide,
though it always was so — depleted, terrified
by sudden perspective, the outside brought inside,
though it always was so”.

‘That Leaf’ by Molly Peacock hits the spot in both a seasonal and personal sense. And whilst Garden Bloggers Muse Day is yet to be revived at  Sweet Home and Garden Carolina , the tradition begun by Carolyn continues in spirit.

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All rights reserved. Content created by Laura Thomas @PatioPatch

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