The Dangling Leaf

By Albert Fried-Cassorla


A leaf skittered in the sunlit wind…



a marvel, dripping.


Blasted forward one moment by a sudden gust,

then becalmed, and thrust,

utterly dangling there in front of us…


It angled so slowly down!

Bobbing and tipping towards the ground

like a soul whose way could not be found.


How like you and me, this dancing singularity!


We move forward through life's set motions,

Then careen into peace - sweet, suspended unprediction.


March, 1999