Friday, April 22, 2016

That Most Ordinary and Natural Thing

Have You Heard...?
by
Ric Couchman


And why do I marvel
That as the shadows flee
The oak leaf fades
Then falls to ground
And am uneasy 
That it is so soon
Nothing but dust

And why do some use
Its sudden passing
As sermonic homily
About our future habitation
Either in some sultry place
Or in some dreary land
Of milk and honey

And do you hear the sages
Warning of life's brevity
The need to live well
Suddenly philosophical
In the face of the inscrutable
Taking life seriously
Until forgotten again in living

And will we not marvel again
When another leaf fades
And then falls to the ground
Becoming uneasy
That it is so soon but dust
Forgetting that such is our path
A thing ordinary and natural

[photo art by Ric Couchman]