Half-Autumn Trees

Originally published 10-26-19

Half-Autumn Trees

For a couple of autumn days 
between the first sparks of color 
and the mountains on fire 

the trees are in my favorite state— 
not entirely red, or brown and shedding, 
but with a few branches tenaciously green.  

It’s a lot like us, with these dashes of life seen among dry, crisp colors— 
divinity heavily spotted with imperfection. 
Though we pretend, sometimes, that we’re nothing but green, 

I like to ponder the half-yellow trees, 
and smile, and look through the leaves 
at the bright white sun. 

For a couple of autumn days 
between the first sparks of color 
and the mountains on fire 

the trees are in my favorite state— 
not entirely red, or brown and shedding, 
but with a few branches tenaciously green.  

It’s a lot like us, with these dashes of life seen among dry, crisp colors— 
divinity heavily spotted with imperfection. 
Though we pretend, sometimes, that we’re nothing but green, 

I like to ponder the half-yellow trees, 
and smile, and look through the leaves 
at the bright white sun. 

Counting to Infinity

Originally published 05-05-19

I know it has been a while since I wrote, I was busy and on vacation. Nevertheless, here is a poem I wrote today. It was inspired by a comment someone made during fast and testimony meeting, which became the third-to-last line.

Counting to Infinity

One life, ticking by.
Two eyes, to always seek those in need.
Three square, daily meals to care for my body.
Four limbs to walk with strangers, to lift up tired hands.
Five fingers to grip the pen and write a “thank you.”
Six grades, all A’s, no minuses.
Seven days before it starts all over again.
Eight years of learning, then facing life accountable, for real.
Nine-to-five to feed a future family.
Ten commandments, unrelenting, unbreakable.
Eleven…
Twelve…

Perhaps life isn’t about counting to infinity.
After all, ten plus infinity is the same as a million plus infinity,
And if I let Him, Christ will add to my staggeringly imperfect finite.
He will add the infinity I can never count to.