Sunday, January 19, 2014

Laura Davies Foley: "The Offering"

These woods
on the edges of a lake
are settling now
to winter darkness.
Whatever was going to die
is gone—
crickets, ferns, swampgrass.
Bare earth fills long spaces of a field.
But look:
a single oak leaf
brown and shining
like a leather purse.
See what it so delicately offers
lying upturned on the path.
See how it reflects in its opened palm
a cup of deep, unending sky.

"The Offering" by Laura Davies Foley. © Laura Davies Foley. Published here via poet submission.

Photography credit: "Leaf on the Water," by Noemy009 (originally color).   

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