Visual Poetry #17 (Those Leaves…)

…on my way to a photo shoot, i chanced upon these leaves along the road…i stopped, looked, and photographed them…and then i went into a deep introspection and dwelt in a “Haiku Moment” …and it dawned on me that metaphors about our lives can be found everywhere…and they communicate universal truths in so many different ways…i find something melancholic about those leaves in the sense that i see surrender, abandonment, loneliness, suffering and sacrifice…on the other hand, i also find something lovely as i see the sweetness of surrender to give way to rebirth…all things considered, i can see grace, mercy, compassion…and i would like to share with you this lovely and very moving Haiku by John Wills:

i catch
the maple leaf then let
it go

…i was deeply moved by this simple yet profound haiku…just like those leaves that i photographed…yes, those leaves…


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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22 Responses to Visual Poetry #17 (Those Leaves…)

  1. Beautiful!! So glad you came across my blog as it brought me here! Thank you very much!

  2. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. In walking along the forest paths near our home, I often see things like this and sense something profound in them, yet feel somehow that in the rush and hubbub of the acceptable, these thoughts are silly. Glad to see that I’m not alone if finding meaning in the simple sight of a fallen leaf.

    • thanks a lot, Megan, for the kind words. yes, you are not alone. we are in good company (Basho, the greatest Japanese Haiku master, Thoreau, and the other ancient Japanese and Chinese poets).

  3. damage says:


  4. Great pic, and thoughts on it.. Beauty everywhere if we choose to see it..

    Your posted Haiku reminds me of my favourite by Blake

    He who binds to himself a joy
    Does the winged life destroy;
    But he who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

  5. surrender, abandonment … rebirth and grace. beautiful. Autumn leaves do send us mixed messages. Loved your photo and post.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. midnighthues says:

    Beautiful truth of life Virgil! Good reflections 🙂

  7. You’ve captured in your words and photo a great deal of what I believe and also try to get across. Thank you for following my blog.

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