In response to the recent ‘Daily Post’ PHOTO CHALLENGE, outlined as follows . . .
“Today, take a moment to notice the structure of everyday things around you. Note the lines, freckles, and tiny hairs on your arm, and imagine the biological blueprint that created them. See the bricks of a building, and realize that they were individually placed there by another person. Then, share with us a photo of the structure of something wonderful. We’re eager to see details through your lens.”
I submit the following two of my photographs of a scanned leaf skeleton, taken some while ago …
It fell Green life Extinguished Time passed Slowly It diminished To its scaffolding Intact beauty still New life Surviving In the skeleton Beneath the skin Revealing the grace Which had upheld Its existence Its structure Naked now Spine-bold Ram-rod straight Not dead now Nor even dying Instead Skin shed A statement Of creation’s power Holding its tendrils Steady In firm formation Awaiting its Next chapter
Not yet shredded Not yet dust This tomography Call it a CAT scan Delving into Nature’s secret world Revealing The truth Of whence Its green strength Derived
Thus As our own surface Erodes Do we achieve The same beauty? Do we secrete Analogous New life Beneath the old? We leaves Fallen from life’s tree Shrivelled Our essence revealed In our skeletal remains Proud-structured Until The next stage And eventual Severance From what we have been Transmogrified To further service In replenishing New life forms Our fruition in The new spring’s bloom Blossom and leaves
There has to be beauty In death As in life Decay Does not doom us to death Rather There is a beauty in death The leaf ceased to be A leaf But became Something else And its beauty remained It merely Continued Into a transmuted life Its fate As our own To be Continued existence