Brass, Brazen Maple Leaf

25 Jun

    Brass, brazen maple leaf, embossed with a very serious face. Buds around you change in every season; green in spring, leaf in summer, then celebrate their passing in bright reds, yellow, and orange. Crackling under my feet, whispering to me; seasons pass and I am looking forward to wintry solitude.

     You, my friend, stand against my fence. Never blowing away. Brass and brazen, always in the same place.

Maple Leag

     A gift from a flea market, many years ago. A gift from my children, placing our imagination, with their love, in an honored presentation, on Father’s Day; of my favorite leaf, one from a maple tree, brass, brazen as could be; never blowing away, always in the same place, as their love continues for me.

Splintered kindling wood

Moss growing moist on north side

Summer serves them well

Written In Center Sandwich NH at Kathleen’s place.


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16 responses to “Brass, Brazen Maple Leaf

  1. Mary

    June 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Some meaningful gifts remain significant forever.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Donna@Living From Happiness

    June 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love the story behind this and such a special gift….

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  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    June 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    It’s not always the gift itself, but in how something is given… it seems to have been given an honored position among the growth of summer.

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  4. Sherry Marr

    June 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I love that your children’s love surrounds you. And that you have a brass tinkly thing by the fence. I have metal wind chimes with deep tones that I LOVE hearing sound in the evening breeze.

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  5. Jae Rose

    June 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I love the permanence of the sculpture but more so the love it represents

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sanaa Rizvi

    June 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Such a heartwarming write 😀 love the image of buds changing in every season; green in spring, leaf in summer, and then in their celebratory colors i.e. bright reds, yellow, and orange 😀

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  7. Truedessa

    June 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    OH, that maple leaf chime is wonderful. The face to watch over the land

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    June 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I have a friend for your leaf man. It’s a moss covered pot with a wide worn grin that my potter son made and which sits at the base of a dogwood tree in the yard.


  9. thotpurge

    June 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This is such a lovely piece…the memories, the love, the haiku…altogether beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Magaly Guerrero

    June 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    So wonderfully precious… ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sumana Roy

    June 26, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    chimes of love…beautiful…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. C.C.

    June 26, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I love the symbolism here…so deeply meaningful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. gillena

    June 27, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I luv wind chimes. I can just image the sound if your ” brass brazen maple leaf”
    Thanks for sharing a lovely haibun

    Much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. dsnake1

    June 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    lovely, lovely gift!
    you’re one such wonderful father! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. 1sojournal

    June 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Sometimes our children really know, don’t they?


    Liked by 1 person

  16. ZQ

    July 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm




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