RESIDENT ARTIST: Carrie Albert No. 1

 

Autumn Ritual Web by Carrie Albert

“Autumn Ritual” for my mother, scan of Japanese oak leaves and rice paper

 

 

Foliage Gesture

When a leaf is born
chlorophyll dominates

like a baby’s plump green inexperience.
Mid-age orange and red intensity
crackles underfeet. It seems

the leaves are summoned
into old age brown like your wooden
countenance is confined
to your room away from trees

that you bought and planted
and loved and cut down.

I recall our fall ritual and reach up
the maple’s long neck for a sprig
of yellow transformed to gold
in the light.

Perhaps my last gift for you
are leaving colors.

Your face is a white leaf
not knowing.

 

Copyright © 2014 by Carrie Albert

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