Poem: Leaves


By John Ortman

Leaves in the wind

Blown and scattered,

Whirl in a spiral

Turn in the air.

Leaves in the wind

Dance and frolic,

Crackle a song

Across the lawn.

Leaves in the wind

Circling downward,

Fall softly to rest

To earth once more.


John Ortman, a retired federal program manager in teacher professional development, lives year-round on Chappy.