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Fractal grace…

November 28, 2007



a misty dusk settles

over shiny ochre leaves

in my yard

the annual raking ritual

has cleared all but a few

to their autumnal bed…

to compost




the shrowded

late November afternoon light

shimmers against silhouetted tree

branches stripped

of their seasonal hue




the still, musty air

holds a truth

whispered by leaves

fallen on loamy soil




what is this truth?




letting go

of what has been,


this year


beautiful decay-

that which is to come-

is good



the moment is…




what mystery

is uncovered by this Event-

this moment of fractal grace

in the rainy mist?




is it also revealed

in Derridian theo-poetics,

challenging the perceived construct?

the utopian System

that like Babel

must die

so that God

who cannot be contained

might be revealed

in mystery–







like the solitary

remnant leaves

we cling to the tree

this season,

this form,

this revelation

and like Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration

we want to build a permanent dwelling

to hold on to something…




…some meaning

that cannot be fixed

in human language

the weakness of God,

contained in the womb of Mary

Word made flesh

is deconstructed

on Roman cross

in empty tomb…




the wet decaying leaves,

the glistening barren trees,

the cold, starless sky

guard this mystery…



that incarnate truth, like leaves

must fall,





and be reborn

6 Comments leave one →
  1. jeques permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:21 pm

    ‘Tis wonderful how you weave rich thoughts with the beautiful decay, the autumn leaves. It gave your thoughts clear images in the mind and they work together very well to achieve clarity.

    I also wrote something about the autumn leaves the other week: “Signs Of Autumn.”
    Click link below:
    Autumn leaves are indeed great source of inspiration.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  2. November 29, 2007 1:03 am

    Wondered if the photo was yours or one of Heather’s masterpieces – beautiful. And your poem is impressive too – as was stated – your weaving your reflections on the incarnate Truth into the natural reality of Autumn. Would make a great Advent page for SMC.

  3. jeques permalink
    November 29, 2007 1:37 am

    The pictures are my initial attempts on photography. You can view them in my flickr account:

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  4. just an apprentice permalink
    November 29, 2007 6:30 pm

    Thanks for your kind words. I will check out your site.

  5. just an apprentice permalink
    November 29, 2007 6:30 pm

    The photo is not one of Heather’s masterpieces. I plucked it from Flickr.


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