Alder Leaf

A little head
above the water
after a month
of rain.

The sole leaf
of an alder sapling
to survive the

“Bring back,
bring back the leaf,”
Simon Armitage’s refrain.
As a modern ark
sets sail

to plumb
the depths of
climate change
I sit here

and mind a leaf

intertwined beneath
the rise of muddy water.

Will it survive the flood?

Will we?


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