Barber: A Poem about Preparation

Barber: A Poem on picture of multicolored fall leaves

Autumn leaves stuck in shrubs


Orange leaf on green grass

Fall leaves at sunrise


I lie on your floor, Barber,

chin down, eye-level with

all your trimmings

so I can

crunch them in my fingers

before your gales sweep.

I know your tools:

auxin, ethylene,

the Word.

Can almost hear the

snip of abscission

before a petiole’s

brief penumbra

floats by,

while you shave your

shaggy ones down

to bones that

will carry them through

dark and cold until

spring when

you warm them,

and me,

to green again,



Barber: A Poem about Preparation ©Cheryl Bostrom 2018

Fall leaves piled on ground


heart-shaped autumn leaf





“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33


As leaves fall, tree's bones show

From   :

In deciduous trees, an abscission zone, also called a separation zone, is formed at the base of the petiole. It is composed of a top layer that has cells with weak walls, and a bottom layer that expands in the autumn, breaking the weak walls of the cells in the top layer. This allows the leaf to be shed.

While researchers originally believed abscisic acid to be the hormone that stimulates abscission (for which the hormone was named), it was later proven that it does not play a primary role. In fact, auxin, a plant hormone, and ethylene have been implicated as prominent regulators of abscission signaling.


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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

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