Originally published on Miriam’s Well

Alder leaves fall
into the creek one-
by-one, float down
stream, sometimes
flipped over by a
whim of current,
one yellow leaf caught
by a foot-wide eddy
within four river rocks
going round and round
until an imperceptible
change in the flow
of clear water
kicks it out
enabling it to press on
along its solo path,
my circle of thought
like the summer forest
vanishing too.

Michael G. Smith  is a very-early retired chemist whose poems are forthcoming or have been published in many literary journals. He has published three poetry books, No Small Things, The Dark is Different in Reverse, and The Dippers Do Their Part, co-authored with Laura Young from their residency at the Spring Creek Project’s Shotpouch Cabin. He conducts workshops on the intersections of poetry, science, mathematics and Nature, and lives in Santa Fe, NM.