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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Leaf’s Folly

 

 

Stem up, set against a slate sky
Like prehistoric calligraphy,
Its inevitability is scripted.
 
But for these few moments
Its failure to execute its
Second most important act
 
Is like something Vaudevillian
A silent movie blossoming accidentally
Into unintended color,
 
Spiraling not upward nor downward
But almost perfectly conical, suspended,
As if two unseen hands
 
Outstretched at the ends of arms
Clapped hard and fast enough below
To create an updraft
 
Just so that it might experience
One minor glimpse of infamy,
Some small thrill before settling.


—Joseph De Quattro