The Trembling Leaf




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Published on Feb 13, 2011

This poem is a part of an anthology of poems that I wrote in 1994. I am now putting them online with YouTube and adding my music compositions and photos to the poetry.
I was inspired during a trip to Pampa, Texas, whereupon I met my former teacher and poet, Elaine Ledbetter. Elaine gave me a copy of a speech, Some Keys to Poetry, she had presented. From this inspiration, I discovered the joy and pleasure of expressing oneself in verse!

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Here is the poem, "The Trembling Leaf" that is depicted in this music Video:

Enjoy! I would appreciate your comments. Email me at: rmbrown2@gmail.com

The Trembling Leaf
© R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.

The aspen thicket
In the glorious springtime
A sight to behold
Not simply calm trees
These living organisms
They quake with the wind!
Have you wondered why?
A leaf so nobly designed
What is its function?
Molecule transport!
Aerodynamically sound
Aspen leaves quaking
In the slightest breeze
Accelerate gas exchange
Through the stomata
Carbon dioxide enters
And oxygen leaves
Nature so perfect
Has a rule for everything
Be it a pine seed
Gyrating to earth
Spinning to give it more lift
To disperse it far
Yet the aspen leaf
Through hidden simplicity
True complexity
On a scale so vast
Teaches human tolerance
To preserve our earth
June 3, 1994

This idea for this poem was in my mind long before I took up poetry writing. My major professor, Dr. Harold C. Bold, frequently told me that "Nature mocks at human categories". I have never forgotten this advice because Nature, indeed, tells us how to live. The simple aspen leaf and its design for improving gas exchange is embodied in the focal point of this poem, as a representation of Nature's seemingly unlimited virtuosity. Feb 13, 2011


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