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morning, evening

you put on a show-
your dancing leaves turn from green to gold -
                           magic!
shimmer in the breeze,
then fall - 
                           silent 
                           slow
to the waiting earth - participant in the silent drama.

you put on a show.
you wait
as the autumn wind removes your yellow dress
and your branches lift themselves - light -
into the air.

              -Mary Elyn Bahlert, 10/2022

Birch Companion: photo by Mary Elyn Bahlert, 2020