Red, Fallen Leaf

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(for Mercy June)

She tickled this red, fallen leaf
in her still-sticky, small fingers
and smiled, so surprised to find
it in her path.

This grace, my love, always pick it up
no matter the state of things
or from where you’ve come
when it finds you.

This gift that surprises and delights
will heal and comfort, my sweet girl.
Just always pick it up.