Maple Leaf

a leaf by anelephantcant

a leaf by anelephantcant

I have the Maple Leaf you gave me
the day we went to Lighthouse Park
the trees were high the sun was low
but with you there was no dark

I have the Maple Leaf you gave me
when we walked round English Bay
for some the rain fell steadily
for me the sky was never grey

I have the Maple Leaf you gave me
when we admired the Gastown Clock
but time had no real meaning
when we laughed and danced and talked

I lost the Maple Leaf you gave me
on that long gone autumn day
carried on a gentle breeze
like your love it slipped away

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25 Responses to Maple Leaf

  1. This is my favorite poem, so many layers, like the trees in leaf.


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  3. Karin says:

    Elephant’s “smarter than the average bear”
    Such a clever touch with the leaf that is not an acer
    If he should visit Parc de la Gatineau
    He will find that maples they grow
    In such profusion he can bury ole Ceayr!

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  4. colonialist says:

    This would make a lovely folk-tune kind of song.


  5. Dale says:

    What a beautiful poem! I’m tempted to tease you about the leaf but I won’t as the ending is a sad one…

    Did you mean Gastown in British Columbia?


  6. emmylgant says:

    C.e. you just heard me think!
    Amazing how quickly a leaf is replaced
    Woeful, soulful, and beautifully paced.
    A ballad in waiting?


  7. Belinda Crane says:

    I loved this My Elephant Friend. Very touching piece.


  8. ceayr says:

    I like the poem.
    Do you realise that the leaf in the photograph is not a Maple Leaf?


    • AnElephantCant be a phytomorphologist
      That’s easy for him to say
      But if you read to the end
      You will see, my friend
      That the Maple Leaf slipped away

      It’s just a photo, okay?


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