Paying Attention

I love the way
November leaves
stain the sidewalks.
As if
to declare:
”Don’t forget I was here.”
As if
to proclaim:
”All things are temporary.”
As if
to announce:
”Even one small leaf can make
an imprint.”
As if, it’s an intentional act
of tree graffiti –
meant to startle us
into paying attention.
©martha lee phelps
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