growing into new

I am as the leaves
Turning color as I fall
red, gold, & even lighter yellow.
we fell in love & ended too soon—
I stayed in the ground the day you left & cried, letting the salt from
my tears nourish the earth.
& here we are, not where we began, but the game we spent
crafting words until you beat me
or I did you, teasing until
a smile crossed my face—
I wait to see if you say
what my heart yearns:
I’ve missed you.

© Julia Putzke