Respite

A dried brown leaf twirls from an invisible filament a foot beneath a green and red branch, as others drift to the sun-mottled lawn below. A pine cone, the edges of its open brown petals tinged white, lands with a soft thud amidst the long russet needles that have already fallen. The last tomatoes, some still green, glow golden in the late afternoon sunlight.

The sounds of the cars, the sirens, the trains, the trembling of the earth, have no affect on these green growing things, even as they quietly shed their leaves and seeds.

There is no anger here. Only stillness, and life.

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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7 Responses to Respite

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for the idyllic scene and calming breath of fresh air. 🙂

  2. Lovely, just lovely. I think I saw that same spinning leaf in front of the Presbyterian Church last week. ~nan

  3. Reblogged this on nbsmithblog…random digressions and musings and commented:
    With all the depressing news from Las Vegas, a bit of autumn stillness to calm from my friend, Jane Wilson.

  4. Reblogged it…hope you don’t mind. ~nan

  5. Peg Glover says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!

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