07 November 2005

Saying Yes


If I were a leaf saying, "Yes," to the wind as it asked me to let go, I think I'd still ask a few questions:

Why is it that some of us fly through the air and land on soft green grass, painting someone's lawn in shades of autumn? Why is it that others of us land on the asphalt for tire wheels to roll over us or blow us next to curbsides where we commune with crushed cans and cigarette butts? And what about me? I'm going where you send me, but will my landing be soft and beautiful? Will I be the delight of a small child jumping into the fall, tossing us into the air? Or will you send me to the hard places--a fall people hardly notice at all as they admire the beauty of the season?

Of course, I'm not a leaf. I ask similar questions, however, to my Wind as I'm asked to let go. I hold tight to the branches, begging for answers before I move. Sometimes I move, and sometimes I cling to what was because uncertainty has never been my dear friend.

All leaves eventually says, "Yes." I will learn from their wisdom.

7 comments:

Liz said...

This is beautiful Ciona. I especially like the line, "painting someone's lawn in shades of Autumn.." I have been taking tons of pictures this past week - Kentucky is absolutly remarkable in the Fall! I love the tie between how a leaf falls and how we fall - sometimes gracefully, sometimes not so much. Thanks for sharing!

K. said...

Beautifully written.

Anonymous said...

hi ciona! this is frances nichols and i found your blog through some other blogging friends of mine. anywho, i was wondering how to put the one banner on my website. i read the directions on their website, but couldn't quite understand how to actually do it. could you help me out?

Ciona said...

Frances! Delighted that you found me . . . As for the banner. Well, I copied the code from the one.org site. Then I scrolled through the template on my blog (are you blogger.com?). I found "body" between <> on the template code. For my blog it was about mid-way on the template. I pasted the code right below < body >. Hope that's helpful at all . . . that's all I know. Visit again someday!

Mary said...

Ciona, I admire your voice intently. I'm honored to know you, my beautiful friend. Thank you for the challenge of learning to surrender.

Heather said...

This is sort of what I was blogging about today. But you said it so beautifully.

Kara said...

yes, yes and Amen!