PREPARATIONS NEAR A WINDOWSILL

Before the leaves fall

 

The kitchen window boxes them

neighbours’ coming in, going out

strangers walking dogs

breeds we can’t tail between the fence,

on a street with a school, 

the six weeks bliss

Before the leaves fall from the trees across from us

I watch

Before the leaves fall from trees that aren’t ours

on the council’s land

but the trees, they’re ours

It is my eyes who see them most

before I knew what they were, the trees saw me first

Some days they were as far as I got just looking at them from inside the house

Now the leaves fall from the tree dad planted us

Before we knew he wouldn’t see it grow

wouldn’t see the apples it boast, rake the leaves, cut the grass

 

Before the leaves fall

they fall from our tree too

and each one reminds us of

everything we love, everything we fear

the cost of love, of beautiful things,

the cost is losing them

 

Before the leaves fall

prepare yourself

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