The Leaf or the Shadow

I was taking a walk at noon or so, when a leaf fell from a tree a few feet in front of me. Even on the asphalt path, I could see the darker shadow of the descending leaf, and I watched them both.

The leaf as it fell twisted and turned, and lurched this way and that in the breeze, almost  as though it were trying to escape the shadow below it. With each twist and lurch, the shape of the shadow altered, even though the leaf itself did not change shape. When it finally reached the ground and joined the waiting shadow, the shape of the leaf and shape of the shadow matched perfectly under the sun.  

One of these is like life, I thought.

But is it the leaf?

Or the shadow?  

 

Comments 7

 
Rosy Cole on Saturday, 29 August 2015 19:35

The leaf was the poetry, an echo asking a shadow to dance. (Definition of poetry according to Carl Sandburg.)

Poetry is life. Otherwise it would not exist.

The leaf was the poetry, an echo asking a shadow to dance. (Definition of poetry according to Carl Sandburg.) Poetry is life. Otherwise it would not exist.
Anonymous on Sunday, 30 August 2015 18:10

This, I think, is as close to living in the moment as we get. It reminds me of a scene in Look Homeward, Angel:
"Which is real, the dream or...?" Won't come to me. Rosy's metaphor, "...an echo asking a shadow to dance..." is worth keeping. The poetry is in the moment?

This, I think, is as close to living in the moment as we get. It reminds me of a scene in Look Homeward, Angel: "Which is real, the dream or...?" Won't come to me. Rosy's metaphor, "...an echo asking a shadow to dance..." is worth keeping. The poetry is in the moment?
Stephen Evans on Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:33

I was thinking of this as I was writing this - my allegory is a bit simpler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQfRdl3GTw4

I was thinking of this as I was writing this - my allegory is a bit simpler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQfRdl3GTw4
Katherine Gregor on Monday, 31 August 2015 11:48

What a wonderful bit of observation and so beautifully conveyed. OK – so here's my penny's worth: We are the leaf and the shadow is the life we project/create with our actions. Life mirrors us – like a shadow. It reflects back at us whatever we do.

What a wonderful bit of observation and so beautifully conveyed. OK – so here's my penny's worth: We are the leaf and the shadow is the life we project/create with our actions. Life mirrors us – like a shadow. It reflects back at us whatever we do.
Stephen Evans on Monday, 31 August 2015 13:45

Interesting - thank you!

Interesting - thank you!
Rosy Cole on Monday, 31 August 2015 13:58

What was uppermost in my mind, though, and it took your lovely vignette to illustrate it, is that, in the end, they are joined and 'home'.

What was uppermost in my mind, though, and it took your lovely vignette to illustrate it, is that, in the end, they are joined and 'home'.
Stephen Evans on Monday, 31 August 2015 14:18

I agree - whatever the interpretation, the joining is an important part of it.

Funny how we humans insist on finding meaning - or I do anyway :)

I agree - whatever the interpretation, the joining is an important part of it. Funny how we humans insist on finding meaning - or I do anyway :)
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