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Just Before We Die: Lessons of the Leaves

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

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The falling leaves

from the trees

caught my eye.

They make me sad,

they make me glad

at the same time.

These mixed emotions compel me to wonder why

a leaf should be it's best just before it dies.

I wonder if the same applies to you and me.

Is there a lesson somewhere hidden in the leaves,

secrets revealed to us just as they fly,

that we should be our best just before we die?

A kaleidoscope of beauty drifting there before our eyes,

some floating to the ground others soaring through the skies.

As I watch them both I ask, "which one am I,

and will I be like them, my best, just before I die?"

Sometimes it seems that there is too much to know,

information God won't give.

Then I see the answer already shown,

the leaves have taught me how to live.

Work hard while I am young

when all my strength is there,

give to all who ask of me,

and share the fruit I bear.

Give shade to weary travelers,

shelter from stormy skies.

He who does these things will be his best...

just before he dies.

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© 2018 Leland Johnson

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