After The Fruit Is Gone

The green banana leaves lose their freshness

and are outpaced by the younger leaves

healthier leaves, greener leaves

stronger leaves that block out the sun

and the aging leaves below

wind-battered, fade to yellow

and wither to brown

as the healthy green leaves reach higher

and higher to touch the sun

but then the bananas are done growing

and the green fruit starts showing signs of yellow

and it’s time to harvest

and the entire tree is cut down

and all the leaves now

green, yellow, and brown

lay together on the ground

slowly decomposing

feeding nutrients back into the soil

long after the fruit is gone


About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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