The red maple leaf on the wet pavement looks like a star.
Maybe it once was that, a star, a star that
Exploded into infinite piece of dust that
Traveled across the galaxies and eons,
Just to land on earth and dissolve into the ground,
Until the samara whirleygigged one day
Onto the spot where the star dust lay
The seed took root
Nourished by the once-star
And grew and leafed and
Provided shade from a different star.
The leaf blazed,
Its explosion merely a fall to earth
There on the wet pavement,
A reminder of what once was
And just to show its roots
That tree burst into leaves of orange
Calling back the star it once was.