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A Leaf for Timothy

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A poem for my son when he was smaller.
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I carry home
a leaf for Timothy
from beneath
a tall fig tree,
from below
its canopy,
green spread on blue,
from beneath
its buttress roots
that stretch like giant limbs
into earth.

Smooth, dark-green and veined it is.
I hold it to the winter sun
and see the ever-finer branchings,
intricate beyond my sight.

All life depends upon the light,
warm light that powers the life of leaves,
on weaving nourishment from rain and soil,
and breathing substance of the air.

And thus despite
the wire and the rays,
the concrete and the steel,
our mineral pride,
I know from ancient days,
from some faint utterance that comes
from atavistic and deep time,
from forest aeons of the dream,
that we were born to leaves.

And thus, for little learning eyes,
I hold it up and speak.
And thus, for little learning ears,
I show a word for leaf.

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Uploaded: Oct 21, 2010 - 09:00:19 AM
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SISTERS said 2705 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
oh! it's marvelous!
you, sir, are a WONDERFUL father, and a Teacher of the Important Things. SOMEBODY's gotta do it! very fine words, excellent rumination on what makes a leaf a leaf. Timothy is a lucky boy. 8) anne
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alfredthepelican said 2705 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Anne & Marty
Thanks for your perceptive comments (aI don't know about being a wonderful father per se we all try I guess). Have enjoyed Summer Sizzle on my mp3 for a while- will try to get time to download some of your other work.
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Char said 2704 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
A very
warm and passionate reading against the lovely flute sounds. Thank you.
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alfredthepelican said 2704 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
Thanks Char
Thank you for your kind comment
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Moviz said 2694 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Beautiful Mark. This is real poetry with meaning, sensitivity and love in the words and the warmth in your words; lovely intonation, much enjoyed, regards M
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alfredthepelican said 2694 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Thanks Maurice
Thank you for your comments. I also enjoyed the poetry (as well as the music) in A beautiful Sky.
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