Ghost Leaf

Ghost oak leaf

Oak leaf rimed,
Bleached winter white,
Stark skeleton aglow.

A bit of starlight,
Its light grown white,
A transient in the universe,

The writing is plain:
An early calling card
Of Lady Spring’s visit.

Perhaps I’ll pour the tea,
Remembering heat,
Wishing for sunlight.

Copyright 2015 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: I’ll lift my teacup in a toast to Lady Spring, whose velvety green cloak will swirl around us any day. And I’ll dedicate this ghostly post to Poetry Friday, this week hosted by a wonderful children’s poet, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, at her blog, The Poem Farm. It’s National Poetry Month, and the kidlitosphere is lit by the radiance of many special events, some listed by Jama, the Poetry Potentate. If you like poetry, you can dine until sated this month!

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33 thoughts on “Ghost Leaf

  1. Poor little bleached leaf – still in one piece though! Is it a real leaf? It looks like it’s made of material?

    I love the idea of pouring tea and waiting for sunlight. Hopefully you won’t have to drink too much hot tea, before you know it you’ll need to ice it!! 😀

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  2. I love the poem (“rimed”), but I also love the photo — how you get a glimpse of the whole (tree) in the part (leaf skeleton).

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  3. “The writing is plain:
    An early calling card
    Of Lady Spring’s visit.”

    I raise my cup of tea to spring and to you too…such a whimsical calling card and pretty poem for this season we await with such hope.
    Happy Poetry Friday!
    xo, a.

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  4. It does seem like a ghost or a mere shadow of its real self, Brenda. Hope you have a Happy Easter with your children enjoying finding their eggs and your time together with your husband included: Precious!

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