little autumn leaf

photo-21You floated into our lives ~
an autumn leaf edged in gold,
a tiny froth of smile and grumble,
a lifetime of grit and grizzle.

Your mind over-larded and lost
in the never-land of ninety years.
Yours such a small body, such pain.

So bravely, autumn leaf, you chose
the wind on which to slip away,
leaving us to the emptiness of your
special chair and our wistful hearts.

For Mary Kate

© 2010/poem, 2014/photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

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