James Murdock

(06/13/1986 / Dahlonega, GA)

For The Leaves


A sky of cast net mysteries
Once fell upon my dreams
Where water strolled cross olden stone
And sun spread through the trees
And in that place an ageless grace
Did lay her soulful head
Upon the seed and milling weed
Beneath her earthly bed
When it would pass for her to bow
By the cover of the ground
The meadow'd say, sit one more day
For when you're lost, you're found
So there she'd stay, to greet the day
The beasts and rising wind
The tiring play would slide astray
The twilight sought no end
Still as the moon did bind her heart
And by its shadow she was pleased
The winter's shade had all arrayed
She'd been weeping for the leaves
For her desire's valley dwelt
Of temperate gentile sounds
Of chiming springs and greening things
Of warmth and solid ground
But the world must turn the dirt to mud
It must dampen every name
And all must rot to tarry not
In nature's festive claim
Though with her mind of absent thought
She knew well of balancing acts
Of light and dark, of shame and art
Of men and wavering facts
She'd say, the holly grows, the lily knows
How to wrap its pretty head,
The wayward rise and never shy
Where newborn souls do shed,
What is at once has been before
What once was old, made new
And through your dreams it sometimes seems
This wisdom's always due

Submitted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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