“Orange Leaf” by Oakley Martin

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Oakley’s entry into a poetry contest

Orange  Leaf

Fiery

Orange  Leaf

Floating  down  from  the

clear  night  sky

Drifting  down  to  the  place  on  earth

that  was  meant  for  him

Silently  hitting  the  frost-covered  ground

With  moonlight  streaming  down   on  the  single  leaf

Hundreds  of  stars  watch  over  the  leaf,  protecting  him  from

every  danger  in  the  night

Orange  leaf  is  finally  at  home,  where he belongs,  where

he  was  destined to  go

Orange  leaf  becomes  as  still  as  he  was  not  long  ago  in  the  treetops

The  night  air is  so silent,  so  still,

so

calm,

and

so,

so,

beautiful.


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