Once Upon A Leaf

Soiled, decomposing, and barely skeletal
It might as well have been the dirt
The same dirt that the crying preschoolers uproot
The same dirt that swamps down their throats, engulfed by their mucus, until distracted parents scold them for bizarre appetites
A layer of speckled dust-brown gently blanketed the desiccated
veins haphazardly buried beneath the barren earth,
Next to the popular fields of green,
I found the carelessly abandoned skeleton
Of that once-upon-a-leaf

 


Image Credit: Pooja Saran

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16 comments

  1. Excellent language, the use of syllabic rhythm here is really…pleasant, and also jarring. “A layer of speckled dust-brown gently blanketed the desiccated
    veins haphazardly buried beneath the barren earth,” those are quite some lines.

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