The last leaves are golden,
most have already flown. Branches
hang bare beneath ashen skies.
Not so different from when you climbed,
hand over slow hand, waging a war
inside your young mind. One leaf
breaks free, hangs on a moment,
before leaping into the maelstrom.
I imagine a short fall,
sharp jerk and silence;
but it's only a leaf and spirals away,
no note to mark its passing.
Ryan Stone is a incognito poet from Melbourne, Australia. He shares his home in the Dandenong Ranges with his wife, two young sons and a German Shepherd. His poetry has recently appeared in Writers' Forum Magazine, Black Poppy Review, Napalm and Novocain, Poppy Road Review, The Houseboat and Pyrokinection.