Poet's Showcase

Falling Leaves

By Clifford J. Bernie

The leaves

Are falling

Gently down

From branches

Of the trees

While I am

Letting go

Of feelings

Which I have

Harbored within

These emotions

Of happiness

And sadness

Have formed

From experiences

In my life

As the leaves

Have grown

From a bud

To a leaf

There are

Many leaves

Lying upon

The earth

Making a path

Very soft

And colorful

As I walk

Slowly through

The trees

Which have been

Letting go

Of their leaves

To bud again

In the moon

Of grass appearing

While I allow

These emotions

To be free

I will wait

For the beauty

They may bring

-- Clifford J. Bernie is a writer living in Lawrence. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.

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