Dialogue Under A Tree

Does the leaf know it’s being watched when it falls?
Gracefully drifting down,
gently, when it touches the water’s face.
A soft caress, gingerly stroking the pond’s cheek.
Connecting without disturbing the image,
preserving the visage of the tree.
Its descent reflects the timeless dignity
of both its host and ward.

Does it concern itself with the thirsty vagabond?
As it worriedly drifts towards his parched lips
desperately drinking from the pond’s edge,
carefully slowing his frantic guzzle to a calm sip?
Motherly instinct, a sympathetic act
towards a lost and wandering soul.
Dabbing the corner of his mouth
with tender frequency,
nudging him to take his time lest he chokes.

No, we do not know their nature.
For in a different light,
they were severed from home
and brought low to their demise.
They fall regardless of audience or witness.

They fall slowly to savor the vista,
one they will only glimpse for a moment.
They make no splash, nor a ripple,
for they are weak and in their death throes.
They look for comfort in a stranger,
because they fear confronting the end alone.

Only at the end, are they granted perspective.
We attribute virtue where it does not dwell.
The world was not created with such nobility in mind.

My need quenched, I briskly brushed the leaf aside.
When the water set, instead of my face,
I beheld the last leaves of summer.  

Dancing on beckoning branches,
waiting their turn to ride the western wind.
Waving, as they take flight toward the blooming dusk.

Then I understood
and continued on.

About this poem

I need this summer to end man.

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Written on June 13, 2023

Submitted by Jewoo525 on June 13, 2023

1:31 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,568
Words 306
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 8, 9, 5, 6, 3, 3, 3, 2

Je Woo Han

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  • TortillasAreNotBiceps
    This is a magnificent poem, Je. One of the most beautiful depictions I've ever read of the simplicity of nature as beheld and accounted for by the human aspects of visual and thoughtful acuity. You are a true poet, my friend. 
    LikeReply 211 months ago
    • Jewoo525
      thank you so much for the compliment, it means a lot to me! Excited for next month.
      LikeReply11 months ago
  • lovingempath
    One of my favorite Philosophers was; and still is 'Kahlil Gibran'. Your poem has that same depth of spirit I love. I can't remember the last time I actually took the time to sit by water and contemplate on anything...much less the consciousness of a leaf: It may have been back in the 70's; on an acid trip. I don't have any of those old drug connections anymore, but your poem makes me want to go down to the river and just simply enjoy the world around me. Thank you for this introspective gift of poetry! 
    LikeReply 111 months ago
    • lovingempath
      It's me again :). As I was trying to fall asleep last night, I still had your poem in my head: Which reminded me of another of my favorite Philosophers: 'Thich Nhat Hanh', and his book 'The Miracle of Mindfulness'. It really IS a miracle when a person is able to slow down long enough to actually be 'present' in any given moment. 
      LikeReply11 months ago
    • lovingempath
      Just one more thing :)...I'm always delighted to read a poem; where the poet is able to breath life into (what most people consider) an inanimate object. You gave life to that leaf!
      LikeReply11 months ago
    • Jewoo525
      Thank you so much for the comments and for taking the time to read my entry! It means a lot to me. I will definitely check out Khalil Gibran and Thch Nhat Hanh, I'm not big into philosophy but I think it could definitely give me some inspiration for future poems. I really enjoyed writing this piece, I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to submit it however; it isn't my most technical piece or one that I think has particularly great structure (I'm working on that aspect), but I just had to get this observation out there.
      Thank you again for your recommendations and lovely words, Robin, it's what keeps me writing! 
      LikeReply 111 months ago
  • talygarza
    It has a well structure, the stanza is clear, has a good size isn’t difficult to read and understand its purpose. I prefer unrhymed poems, and the prose structure, the content seems modern and the poet uses the device of the dialogue for get attention of the reader. About its concept according to my point of view the author uses the leaf and the vagabond to end with the reflection of keep going in life. 
    LikeReply 111 months ago
    • Jewoo525
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I sincerely appreciate it! I am glad that my intentions translated to you, you pretty much got what I was going for spot-on. This is what keeps me writing and submitting every month. 
      LikeReply 111 months ago
    • talygarza
      you’re welcome
      LikeReply11 months ago


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