Slowly Each Step Until It’s Time to Fall

Thinking back to how it was done before
never mind last year
or the one before that
this time when the moment comes
to think about what happens next
like calculating an exact amount of rain
from a storm in the distance
followed by a generous heaping
of sunlight without any clouds
you will stir from underneath the shelter of
the old tree in the backyard of your youth
and catch the season’s final falling leaf