Apple Wind

A crisp apple wind
Causes rust coloured leaves
To stutter step…shift and swirl
Down graying blacktop
And across deep green lawns
The September air is warm
In the warmth of an afternoon sun
But, betrayed by the undercurrent of autumn
Trailing the heat
For a moment
I can almost feel the comfort of an old flannel shirt
Hardy and strong…protectively hugging
In the distance I can hear the cheers of teenagers
Drowning out the sounds of the high school band
At the football games from decades ago..
I feel myself tumbling
Like the leaves
Back to those moments
Where everything was as fresh and new
As I was
New notebooks and journals
Waiting for me to write in them
A new year of promises
Daring to be kept
Where life was something waiting for me
Instead of a pathway of regret
Trailing behind me
I also remember
Being afraid
Of what life would bring after the cocoon of high school
So I found cocoon
After cocoon
To encase myself
As if I could protect myself from risk
From failure
Finding hollow victories in being just good enough
To get by
Without putting too much of myself on that limb
But realizing now that the regrets that trail me
Are more the regrets of what I didn’t do
The risks I wouldn’t take
The life I was afraid to lead
I pull the sharp,cool air into me…
With all of its hope
Daring to believe
That I can now write the pages of my future
Breaking out of my safety chrysalis
Emerging the butterfly, I was always suppose to be
Casting off the past
It’s hurts…failures
Willing to risk what I am afraid to lose
In the hopes that next fall
I will find that young girl
With her cotton candy dreams
With endless tomorrows lining up before her
Breathless for each challenge
Grateful for the wonder in each day
In the crisp apple wind……

Apple Wind

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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