The snow came early this year, burying the leaves beneath as if there was a different message to be given another time. I was partially sadden, for I felt I had missed my favorite season… and it continued for days after, covering the earth and it’s un-raked leaves.
Yet today the sun shown bright, and through the clouds the leaves rose to the sky… lifted by the wind, filling the blue air with heavenly beauty. Leaves everywhere… dancing with joy, the sun glistening on each of them. I had never seen anything like it and I wanted it to last forever.
Tears filled my eyes, music played and as I gazed at this magnificent beauty a voice whispered that I might die soon. I sat still, humbled and afraid, taking in what I thought could be my last breath of beauty.
And then suddenly… I was overwhelmingly filled with joy as I sat in amazement of the sky filled with dancing leaves, blue sky and bright light. For at this moment I realized that I was not to die, perhaps I had already had and too, as the leaves, arose to be reborn to dance in Gods beauty.
___Scotty Reed Emberton 11.20.2000