The Journey Home

by Eleni Cay

An oak leaf took flight with his petiole up,
lobes swilling the fresh air, arms wide open.

A gentle wind drove him through the country,
made him fall in love with firs, beeches, maples.

They too, belong to one home, they too, fall down
on their own. No shapes, no colours can outwit

the time. What matters is how strong the leaves
hold onto others before their bodies whisper

good morning to the snowdrops, oblige them to ascend,
holding their angel wings together over a green back.