My friend wants to cut them off.
But I believe that nature can
Decide to drop these yellow leaves
When plant and leaves will amiably part.
As in drawings, I like dark and light
To congregate; I like lingering lines
That fade where line and page are one.
My friend likes dark lines that define.
I want a leisurely look and life.
He thinks life is work and must be
Paid for everyday: I will die
Of long disease; my friend of heart attack.
Originally published in Maufris. From Text and Commentary, Mandala Publications, 1993.
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