To Leap or Leaf
© 2016 Michelle Kogan
The last leaves of February,
linger lightly on bare branch limbs.
They’ve been whispering wise forecasts
for their forthcoming spring kinfolk.
W-w-wait for the w-w-warmth of sister sun,
before opening baby buds.
But baby buds sense the spring scents,
leap, leafing-out without a care.
Too soon say their older siblings
sailing off in springs snow shower.
The carefree baby buds begin,
fussing over frostbit edges.
They’ll pay the price for their
leap to leaf out, and leave their bud.
Fortunately fellow baby
buds heeded their kinfolk’s wise words
They waited patiently before
leaving their bountiful new buds.
Soaking up rays of sister sun,
sending strength through their curled up leaf,
Weathered springs late and last snowstorm,
providing more preparedness.
Wheeee, they leaped, lively, leafing out,
leaving behind their baby buds.