Lessons Learned at Last (sonnet)

As leaves now dry release their grip and fall
From long-lived trees that form Elmwood Park’s wall
Against the city’s growth and stifling sound,
Each fallen stem leaves smooth bark, not a wound.
Just so do feathers gently fall from birds
That molt each year, whose beauty’s undisturbed;
Change comes thus to each natural entity:
Each releasing the old without enmity.
And so to this long age we two come now,
Both having learned what we once did not know:
Not those who love us, but those who reject
Us shape us into what we must protect.
So finally, we open and release
Those who despise us, thus achieving peace.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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