Today's prompt is to tell a story, backwards.
Life of a Leaf
A leaf falls from a tree.
A copper goodbye, dipped in ochre light.
Green, a memory now, veined in its heart.
Crinkled and curled at the first feel of cold,
head wilts, bows to teardrop pose.
Summer a dream, a frond-filled fantasia,
frills and thrills of possibility.
Tendrils leap into a pageant of palms
that cheer in the breeze, ever-present applause.
Until May beckons a glorious chorus of green.
Sun, shine, rain, hail; it holds tight, tensed.
Fist of belief, clenched against the elements.
From small beginnings, a bud appears.