Why do I need a yellow leaf?


On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.

Why do I need a yellow leaf?

When I look outside my window

I see every shade of green.

But I missed that thin yellow leaf

Hanging from a long, slim stem.

Why did I miss it until today?

Was it readiness?

Was it need?

Is green foliage like beautiful people?

Why do I need a yellow leaf?

Forget the yellow leaf.

Look in the other direction.

That leaf will fall and die.

Enjoy the plush green foliage.

Look in the other direction —

            again, again, again.

Bettie Lou's husband, Johnny, surrounded by his plants at their home in Coral Gables.
Bettie Lou’s husband, Johnny, surrounded by his plants at their home in Coral Gables.

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