I Am Leaf

In the Spring I am rebirth, a mere leaf on a mighty tree nourished by Creator God
I am Leaf --

In the summer, I simmer in the daylight sun and welcome the cool breezes of the evening.
I rejoice in my creation, my Creator, and my relationship with all living things --
I am Leaf--

In the fall, I feel my nourishment being drained and I cry out in pleading breath -- "Where are you?"
But in the depth of my connection to my Creator, I know He shall rise me up again --
I am Leaf --

In the winter, I am no more -- as a seed I am dormant --
But He is, always has been, always shall be -- and at His hands . . . so shall I!
I am Leaf, one of the many gifts given to humankind.

Boe Harris-Nakakakena (which means 'rattles with feet') is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Spirit Lake Dakota tribal groups. Boe travels and does presentations extensively and is known also for her gifts in traditional dance, jingle dance and Native American flute. Boe Harris-Nakakakena is a member of St. John's UMC in Seaford, Delaware.

Copyright 2009 © Boe Harris (Nakakakena). Used by Permission. Reproduction granted for use in church worship services. Any further use beyond worship services must be with permission from the author.

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