A pioneer showing the way for those to come.
"This is how it's done. Let go. Leave home."
Leaves are astronauts in reverse, adventurers from trees, floating down to experience and explore Earth.
I've read that human astronauts in space look back on this floating orb and feel deep awe for their Earth home.
Does the leaf likewise look to branches so far removed and feel a similar appreciation for its once home?
This sole leaf lay on the trail at my feet.
The soil on which I hiked that day would soon become its universe.
How might our lives change if we realized this universe at our feet?
-Dawn, The Good News Muse, 4 October 2011