Journey of the Rainbow Leaf

Maple leaf in fall

Citrine, amber, sage, russet, claret,
Green of tree and brown of earth:
Every autumn shade gleams
Between its yellow veins.
Tiny fairies ride wind swells on it:
A magic carpet to buzz bushes and skim ponds.
Three baby hedgehogs with shivering quills
Hide beneath it, from a cold rain.
Then it’s sewn into a cape for the Harvest Queen,
She of the forest and glen,
It swirls like an autumn rainbow.
Its folds flash between dancing courtiers,
As all the fairies make merry.
Soon the bitter winds will blow.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

25 thoughts on “Journey of the Rainbow Leaf

  1. This is so lovely, so full with autumn and fantasy! I love the line ‘Then it’s sewn into a cape for the Harvest Queen’ the thought of a leaf becoming a cape makes me smile! It seems each passer by found a use for it – ideal recycling! 😀

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  2. Oh, I love love love this!! 🙂 And what a beautiful photo! 🙂 I love all the little merry fairies in the poem! 🙂 and the hedgehogs! 🙂 Your posts always make me smile and feel so warm and cozy inside! 🙂 Thank you for that! ❤ Big big hugs to you! 🙂 Have a merry fairy day! ❤ ❤ ❤


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