The never-used phone book came down
from the front closet shelf today.
Trying to find the address of a friend.
Guess it has been a year since
I flipped the pages looking
for a number or address.
Just google it anymore.
a brilliant red leaf fell onto the floor.
and another, and another.
Maple leaves and soft furry lamb's ear.
Laid carefully between the pages for a year.
Pressed down flat and
preserved between the black-inked
Waiting to be the gift.
Waiting to surprise.
Waiting to herald the
days of full color
quickly zooming our way
on the calendar.
Promise and Patience.
Laid out to quietly invite the