Photographs and story by Penny Wilkes
Lewie the leaf’s adventure began as a green shoot that grew from a branch. After sparking through summer, he started to feel different. He turned crimson. Those near him bloomed from an orange to yellow.
Lewie didn’t want to leave his branch. He loved the birds who sang and hopped around him. His favorite robin would peck at insects to keep them from biting into him.
One day the robin said, “You’ll fall soon.”
“No, I like it on my branch,” replied Lewie
October eased in. With a chill in the air, wind moved other leaves to the ground.
Lewie stuck tight.
Lewie looked at the shine on the pine needles and thought about it.
Lewie shivered in uncertainty, “I’m not sure.”
Lewie was not convinced. “How do you know this can happen?”
“It’s about time,” the robin said. “No other leaves have stayed. They all want to change.”
Lewie did not answer, using all his power to stay stuck on his branch.
The rains came heavy that night. Only one tendril of Lewie’s leaf stem stuck.
The robin flew by and alighted above his branch. “I’ll fly you over now.”
“Dance, Lewie. Dance.” The robin picked him up in her beak and flew him to the sapling.
Lewie sat close to the base and spoke to the tree. “I’m here to become a pine needle.”
When snow arrived, Lewie turned brown and slept cozy as a bear all winter.
By spring, bird song rose and the robin appeared. Lewie was nowhere in sight. Robin called and heard his voice echo from deep beneath the earth.
April arrived and he had climbed his way back up to begin shooting out green.
Penny Wilkes, served as a science editor, travel and nature writer and columnist. An award-winning writer and poet, she has published a collection of short stories, Seven Smooth Stones. Her published poetry collections include: Whispers from the Land, In Spite of War, and Flying Lessons. Her Blog on The Write Life features life skills, creativity, and writing: http://penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com/ . Her photoblog is @: http://feathersandfigments.blogspot.com/
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