Leaves That Are Green

A young bud sprouts from its parent plant
and blossoms to a lovely rose before long
With time, its beauty fades and it dries up
and the leaves that are green turn to brown

A young sapling takes root and flourishes
Soon a mighty oak stands firm on the ground
With time, it decays to a dried up old tree
and the leaves that are green turn to brown

A baby bird sitting helplessly in its nest
grows into a majestic eagle strong
With time, its glory fades as it ages
and the leaves that are green turn to brown

A defenceless lion cub hidden in its lair
matures into the mightiest beast around
With time, he becomes a decrepit old male
and the leaves that are green turn to brown

A beautiful angelic darling baby girl
becomes a world beauty and wins the crown
With time, wrinkles and old age take their toll
and the leaves that are green turn to brown

Hello to a new life of hope and promise
Goodbye to a life that's now going down
Time marches on irreversibly
and the leaves that are green turn to brown
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Posted: Apr 2014
About this poem:
Special thanks to Simon and Garfunkel


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How beautifully these words depict the circle of life and the continuing , cycles of nature dear Socrates hug
I especially like the line ...
"Hello to a new life of hope and promise "
I enjoyed reading this tonight Socrates -Thankyou - F hug

I really loved your poem.
Autumn here now leaves were green turned brown and fallen here.
Hi socrates

I loved reading this beautiful poem
Thank you for sharing

Martina xxxteddybear hug bouquet angel wave
Great poem of
passing time Socrates,
Enjoyed much !.......Mick.

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Really great stuff here S, enjoyed immensely …Jessehandshake
Aww... love this! I'd love it even if I was young, but even more so as I've got those wrinkles... "life's experiences" lines on my face.

And from plant, animal, people, life - beautifully covered. I love this part most...
...mightiest beast around
With time, he becomes ...decrepit

It's just so poignant - entire poem is - I like best the subtle message that is also there - of the aged having great value - and having contributed greatly to this life.

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Thank each of you for your fine comment.

Have a wonderful day!
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Simon and Garfunkel are my favourite singers of all time. I bought their LP (vinyl) "Sounds of Silence" and spent endless hours listening to their music. To me, their lyrics are pure poetry. In fact, it was their song "Leaves That Are Green" that inspired me to write this piece. The last two verses are my favourite:

"I threw a pebble in a brook
And watched the ripples run away
And they never made a sound.
And the leaves that are green turned to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand.

Hello, Hello, Hello, Good-bye,
Good-bye, Good-bye, Good-bye,
That's all there is.
And the leaves that are green turned to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand."

I expanded the range of items covered in the song to include flowers, trees, birds, animals and people. The message is the same: All life starts off fresh and beautiful, matures, ages and then passes away in an unavoidable cycle, as Time marches on irreversibly.
I invite those who may not know the song to listen to it. The accompanying guitar music is superb.
A wonderful Poem,thank you for sharing.thumbs up wine bouquet
Good write, time move on , age is progression
Of time.
Socrates.."Leaves that are Green" a "bittersweet" poem of truth reflecting on life ... all of which is magnificently designed by its Creator to repeat the cycle. As we look around,this is our worldrose happy place
Its beautiful...
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Thank you, Paloma. My pleasure!
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Thanks, rustic.
Yes, we must keep moving on in life!
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Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated!
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Thanks for your beautiful comment.
Have a nice day!
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