Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves)

Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) שַׁלֶּכֶת

A sacred space, a place to be, 
An escape from the summer heat
Our souls sit among the clouds
Watching the stars ignite
Twinkling, sparkling, gleaming
Like shiny pieces of broken dreams
Calling upon the elements
To bring us a season of wholeness
As leaves of orange, red and gold
Drift down from branches
That will soon be as stark
As the winter’s sleep

The leaves recall
When they were once green
Lifeless they fall
Returning to the earth
Decaying to nurture their mother tree
Renewal is upon us
Instead of wishing upon a star today
I will wish upon a leaf 🍃🍂🍁


©️ 2020
Sukkot / Changing Seasons

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16 thoughts on “Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves)

  1. I’m loving that image of broken dreams being shiny and twinkling like stars. We’re so used to thinking of broken dreams as bad and ugly, and you’ve turned it around and made them beautiful. It’s a very powerful thought.

    • Thank you for the awesome feedback! I write poetry on my other blogs under my nom de plume. I have a penchant for dark poetry (I find it cathartic and feel our shadow side has insights to offer us), but I try to keep it lightened up when I’m in this space. 😊

      • I think in some ways, it’s harder to write lighter poetry than heavier poetry. Lighter poetry can easily steer into sappy or cliche. Like I wrote tons of [admittedly, mostly bad] poetry inspired by dysfunctional relationships / bad times, but have had the hardest time writing about the good.

        What is this other poetry blog you speak of? 😉 (no pressure, of course!)

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