LA (111111111 / Grenada)

The Decaying Green

Walking along the path I heard leaves break
Becoming like dirt under the soles of my shoes.
They, in their millions, epitomized beauty
And life, but now they decompose and wane.

Today the streets are littered with their remnants
And on tomorrow they shall be no more
For Life halts as fate wields her unbiased winds,
And death covers the land in shades of black.

The loss makes one ponder: just yesterday
The trees stood tall in their armor of green,
Questioning - in rustle - even the breath of God,
But today they lie alone - humbly unclothed.

When many tomorrows pass they'd suit again
Sprinklings of green would patch both shell and shield
Making these soldiers stand in armor once more,
In shine and numbers showing their glory.

The same way great airplanes take from the birds
So too does the economy from the wave of nature
Such that one day the dollar is strong, and the next
It dies, but surely like the trees it blooms again.

Copyright © 2009 Leslie Alexis

by Leslie Alexis

Comments (21)

'They, in their millions, epitomized beauty And life, but now they decompose and wane' - An incisive observation.
Congrats, Life is like seasons that always change. Congrats! It's a lovely selection as member's poem.
The poem nicely reminds us of the age old adage that 'Change is the Rule of Nature'. Everything is subject to change and so the 'humbly unclothed' trees will regain their glamour of green cover. Thank you, Leslie. The trees stood tall in their armor of green, But today they lie alone - humbly unclothed.
Life is changing but in the process we live and learn, , , to be our best or to be our worst is a matter of choice. Great philosophical write..This poem deserves to be the poem of the day......Hats off!
The same way great airplanes take from the birds So too does the economy from the wave of nature Such that one day the dollar is strong, and the next It dies, but surely like the trees it blooms again.... a philosophical cocklitude built from the daily, from the life cycle of nature. Nature alone is everlasting... congrats riza
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