The Red Leaf Of Autumn

If I must compare myself
to an autumn leaf,
then I shall be a red one,
clinging tenaciously
to the tree of Life,
sporting my hue
in a golden ray of sun.
I will dance in crimsoned glory
upon a lively breeze,
beneath a sky of brilliant blue.

When winter fades my color,
I shall glide like a snowflake
to my place of final rest,
with a grin upon my face.

"She lived life to the hilt,"
they'll say,
"and never was she old."

~Copyright 1995 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in the September 1995
issue of RB's Poets' Viewpoint

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