. Leaves Behind In size and shape and symmetry The leaves upon a maple tree Are like small selfies of the tree itself. And in their veins the leaves display The trunk and branches in a way That equals any etching on my shelf. Whatever in my life is kind And good I pray that there will be A leaf or two I’ll leave behind That in some way resemble me. . . In Ten Years I’ll be Eighty-Two No way! In ten years, I’ll be eighty-two! The same age that my father died! So what In heaven’s name is left for me to do Before my final scene in life gets cut? Before the Covid virus came along I thought that maybe I’d go on a cruise To somewhere . . . anywhere! Don’t get me wrong, I really didn’t care which one I’d choose. But now that I have wasted two full years While waiting for this Covid mess to end, My “pay-it-forward plans” are in arrears, And how it all plays out will just depend On what I do with every “if” and “when” That’s left between the here-and-now and then. . . Lemons Fall I sit beneath a lemon tree And watch as wind-blown lemons fall. Each fallen fruit designed to be A yellow orb, a globe, or ball. Like planets falling from the sky Each bitter, puckered, sour sphere— Being severed by the Fates to die— Draws from my grieving eyes a tear. I hold a lemon in my hand— How sad to find one’s life cut off And hard for me to understand How long a life is long enough. For as the lemons fall and die Perhaps tomorrow or today The time will come when you and I Will also fall and pass away. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, Dwell Time, Light, Deronda Review, The Road Not Taken, Fevers of the Mind, Sparks of Calliope, Dancing Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse. He was honored with being chosen as the winner of the 2021 SCP International Poetry Competition.