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Bursting Leaves: A Poem for Autumn

Sometimes poetry is able to capture our sentiments better than long explanations. I hope this poem reaches you in this way.


Bursting Leaves

A burst of leaves blew into my road,

beyond a winding path

on which pedestrians once strode.

Thousands, thousands,

tumbling across my way

as the sun was rising

on a windy, autumn day.

I passed through this cloud so strange,

so varied in its color,

with some leaves burning autumn orange

while some were drab, and duller.

Once I had passed through it

and the other side was reached,

I wondered if I’d heard

the shortest sermon ever preached.

In front of me there were no leaves,

and no more flew behind.

The explosion of swirling colors

must have been a sign.

How could this be a benefit for

anyone to see

except to one who loves the leaves,

perhaps someone…like me?

I smiled in that moment that

a blink could have passed by,

the split-second sermon understood,

it’s meaning realized.

“Lord, if this was a sign from You

for most it would do no good.”

Then I heard His familiar voice,

“But for you I knew it would.”

Little signs and wonders

are the ways God likes to show

that He cares for us in little ways

that only we can know.

He gives all of us such moments,

swirling leaves were one of mine.

I think it gives new meaning to the question,

“What’s your sign?”


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How Does God Speak to you?

Do you hear His voice in the wind? Do you see His majesty in the stars, and the rest of creation? However He speaks to you I hope you can find still, quiet places so you'll hear Him in those special moments that can only be shared between you and your Maker.

© 2018 Leland Johnson


Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 26, 2018:

Paula- thank you for reading and for your always affirming, elegant, kind words. I'm so glad you liked it!

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 26, 2018:

sofs- thank you for your kind comments, they are very encouraging to me, and I'm glad this poem meant something good to you. Have a blessed day, and again, your words are much appreciated.

Suzie from Carson City on September 26, 2018:

Leland.....What a sweet, refreshing, "much-needed" break from the storms of political insanity. I love it and more of the same would be wonderful! Thanks, Leland! Paula

Sophie on September 26, 2018:

Lovely, I could just picture that swirling whirlwind of colour. It's been so long since I wrote any poetry. Maybe this is a sign I should.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

Hi Flourish! I have a friend that says, "God gave us the animals to watch and learn from and for entertainment- not TV!" Thanks for reading and commenting. I love fall too. I just see so much meaning in it. I know all the seasons have meaning, but I think each one speaks to us differently.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 25, 2018:

I love all the signs of fall whether the leaves you have beautifully written about here or the deer, squirrels, and other wildlife scurrying to prepare for cooler weather.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

RTalloni- That makes it all worthwhile for me. I'll look up the references you mentioned in a few minutes, but right now I'm feeling really blessed that you've been blessed and how great it is that we see God's goodness. I hear people question His goodness when trouble comes into their lives yet give no thanks for the other 99% of their life that remains free from serious trouble. I hope it isn't presumptuous of me, but I'd like to include a link to another poem I wrote and published here on hubpages called "ascendance." If you get time to give it a read, that would be great. It's short :) God bless you, and thank you again for your gracious comments. You've inspired me too. It's such a thrill to see others who take God seriously. https://letterpile.com/poetry/Ascendance-a-Poem-of...

RTalloni on September 25, 2018:

Have enjoyed pondering the ways God shows His care for us thanks to this poem. I've been reminded of Ps. 19:1 and Acts 14:17 as I thought the lines through. Have written some light fall poetry this season but this is inspiring. Thank you again.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

Hi Mary- I would love to see Canada in the Fall! Thank you for reading my poem :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2018:

It is now Fall for us and the leaves are starting to change its colours. It is sad as we knpw we have to close the cottage soon and move to the city. Still, we enjoy the beauty of the trees.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

much appreciated and worth a lot more than two cents. Thanks AB :)

A B Williams from Central Florida on September 25, 2018:

I totally agree about "balance" Leland!

My political side initially brought me to HP, I will always speak up and speak out as long as destructive forces are working to dismantle this awesome Republic of ours. If one person sees something I write and thinks, I've never thought about it that way ... the personal blows, the mocking, the bias that algorithms lend me (no matter where I write) are worth it to me.

If something entirely different moves me to write about it, then that's the direction I will go.

Always write about what moves you. There... my two-cents-worth of advice. :)

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

Hi AB- I'm glad you stopped by! It does me good to take a break from political hoopla and find spiritual refreshment like the one described in the poem. I'm finding the political aspect of life burdensome. I loved William F. Buckley, but I saw an interview he gave shortly before he died and he was so sad. I'm finding "balance" helps me. Isn't it frustrating when you try to reach people by engaging them politically only to be mocked and misunderstood? That's part of the burden I guess. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

A B Williams from Central Florida on September 25, 2018:

Hi Leland -

I couldn’t answer the ‘Favorite Season’ question. I live in Florida, it is always the same. lol

Love this and yes “little signs and wonders” are all around us, it is up to us to take note of them.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

John- Thank you for reading, and for the compliment. I'm with you on a favorite season. I wait with great anticipation the coming of every autumn. I just wish it lasted longer! I love a story found in Nathaniel Philbrick's book "Mayflower." It talks about how astonished the Pilgrims were when autumn in the new world came because they had never seen such an array of colors. Their European autumns were very drab compared to the New World. Thanks again, John.

Leland Johnson (author) from Midland MI on September 25, 2018:

RTalloni- Thank you for your very kind, encouraging words! I'm so glad you liked it!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 24, 2018:

A beautiful poem, Leland. I think God reveals signs for us all in ways unique and that we can specifically relate to. I like both Spring and Autumn(Fall) best.

RTalloni on September 24, 2018:

This poem is extraordinarily beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I will be reading it again.

I love all the seasons, but I chose spring for this poll simply because I sort of missed out on it the last few years and I hope to enjoy this next one.

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