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leaf convention

They spend all their lives up in the air, up in the sky, attached to twigs attached to branchlets attached to branches, but in the autumn they all come to the great convention center at ground level. They are all so excited, swarming and rushing about, gathering in clusters, playing mad games. This is their carnival, their great parade, their festival of a lifetime. We ground dwellers--grass and snakes and dogs and people, etc.--smile indulgently and don't mind at all how they take over everything for these festival days. So they clog the thoroughfares and the parks, so what? It's a pleasure to see them all in such high spirits, and they don't mind at all if you join in.

Eventually they spend themselves and fall asleep, and all their dreams sink into the earth and the tree roots drink them in, and they are transmitted to the translucent baby leaves that unfold in the spring.

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pameladean
Nov. 8th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
I loved this so much.

P.
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
So glad!
queenoftheskies
Nov. 8th, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
That's beautiful. :)

Thank you.
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
athenais
Nov. 8th, 2015 06:42 am (UTC)
Ah, I love this! Everything about this!
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so delighted--it was just something that popped into my head walking that street up there.
cmcmck
Nov. 8th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
More leaves! :o)

The fallen leaves that jewel the ground
They know the art of dying
And leave with joy their glad gold hearts
In the scarlet shadows lying

(Robin Williamson, from 'October Song')
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
Beautiful words--and just right.
cmcmck
Nov. 8th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
Williamson has that ability so often.
galestorm
Nov. 8th, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
Beautiful, absolutely! Thank you!
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
mnfaure
Nov. 8th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this is going to make sense outside my head, but here goes: I love how what you write is so complete and evocative all on its own and yet manages to leave spaces that allow the creativity of others to contribute or answer. Through that, conversations are born. :)
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh I *DO* know what you mean, and thank you, because that's exactly what I want to do (and what I enjoy so much about my friends' journals, too)--leave handholds and footholds (imaginationholds?) so that other people can join in.
egg_shell
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
The great leaf convention! I love it!
asakiyume
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad!
sartorias
Nov. 8th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Reading that, I can imagine that lovely rustle, and smell the crackling scent.
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's so much fun to go swishing through these leaves. Or to run through them. I had to walk my neighbor's dog on Saturday, and we had a blast running around in the leaves.
abendstille
Nov. 8th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I love fall and all those leaves. I walk through them and play with them. Unfortunately here in the city they rake them away from the trees and get rid of them in huge trucks (I hope, they at least compost them somewhere). Wonderful photo!
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
Walking through them is so much fun--so festive!
amaebi
Nov. 8th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
From drunk on chorophyll and sunlight, to drunk on wind....
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
Those leaves spend their lives in a healthy intoxication! (Now there's a fun contradiction...)
khiemtran
Nov. 8th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
I love the image of the leaves sleeping on the earth. Wonderful!
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks--now I'm wondering if we, too, can absorb leaf dreams. Maybe we can do it by walking through them.
wlotusopenid
Nov. 9th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
I like that description of leaves falling.
asakiyume
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I'm glad!
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