Take the Next Step

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At sundown when a day’s words
have gathered at the feet of the trees
lining up in silence
to enter the long corridors
of the roots into which they
pass one by one thinking
they remember the place
as they feel themselves climbing
away from their only sound
while they are being forgotten
by their bright circumstances
they rise through all the rings
listening again
afterward as they
listened once and they come
to where the leaves used to live
during their lives but have gone now
and they too take the next step
beyond the reach of meaning
~ W. S. Merwin “To a Leaf Falling in Winter”

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One thought on “Take the Next Step

  1. Never thought about words being compared to leaves… We do hope our words do not fall on deaf ears, but that our families have “ears to hear.” The grass withers, the flower fades, the leaf curls, but the Word of our God remains forever.

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