I saw a few leaves earlier

Shall we have a little chat about leaves?
Shall we talk about how they wave in the wind?
Shall we talk about how crispy they get?
Shall we try and tackle their colour change?
Shall we discuss how, more often than not,
when you kick your way through piles of them
your pristine white trainers get covered in dog egg?
Do you think it looks like they have veins?
Do you think they like their trees?
Shall we have a little chat about leaves?
Shall we talk about how every time they die
they’re replaced but something
that looks a lot like they did
when the sun sat on them,
when young eyes stared and said Wow
for the first time through a window.

© Carl Burkitt 2020

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