But fine leaves sometimes make the tree.
More than twenty years ago
Among the volunteers I yank up constantly
Around my woodsy yard
A single sprout displayed five crimson leaves
One autumn day, so pleasing to my eye
I let it grow another season.
Now this December afternoon
I admire it standing there,
Thirty feet in height and beautiful.
Curious how brilliant autumn foliage,
A phenomenon of chemistry
With humans nowhere in the mix,
Contributed to natural selection.
©2016 John I. Blair, 12/8/2016