rather be a fallen leaf than an orchid depicted

flower ©papa osmubal

flower ©papa osmubal

rather be a fallen leaf than an orchid depicted
song zijiang (chris song zijiang)

these days
wind strong
on the ground
fallen leaves scattered

dirt along the roadside
showed the broom’s traces
I could still hear

in mind
faintly
the weak rustle

wind blew lightly
again a few leaves fell
workers couldn’t beat the wind

beside the fallen leaves
a ten cent coin
the side with the orchid faced up
would leaf or coin be picked up?

I looked back
a school kid bent
to pick up the coin

rather be a fallen leaf
than an orchid’s effigy
 
even if I’m not picked up
even though I wither and die

wind blows
again
leaves
fall

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