Instructions From Brown Oak Leaves

The Allegheny Front has been celebrating 20 years of providing environmental news to the region. Part of that coverage has included how the arts can enhance our appreciation of the natural world. On this week's Allegheny Front Rewind, our anniversary series, we re-air a short work-- "Instructions From Brown Oak Leaves"--by local poet Gwen Ebert.

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Don't fall until winter is done.
Wait till you've been replaced.
Stick together. When the wind comes,
rattle. Make a lot of noise. Cast shadows
that look like broken glass or claws.
Make a warm sienna light.
Let the black throated sparrows
hide in your color.
Close to the trunk,
keep a stillness
of your own.
The wind, the birds
can have everything else.
ó Gwen Ebert