We have had a beautiful weekend here in Iowa City-Coralville…blue skies, temps in the 50s, and breezes blowing the leaves through the air and dancing across the ground. On my runs along the Iowa River with my husband Jim, I found myself picking up leaf specimens…so varied and beautiful in their colors and shapes.

This photo and poem are from around this time a few years ago, when I was in Raleigh, NC for a class. I had found the leaves symbolic of the differences that characterized the amazing women in the class. Today I find they reminded of the cycle of life and possibility that comes with change.

By Vicki L. Flaherty

Beautiful shades of magnificent color
Shapes in perfect variability
Rich and distinctive textures.
Leaves in abundance—
Mother Nature’s magnificent mosaic.
Each breaking free
Moving with intention
Floating gracefully
to its perfect place.
In time, to change form
and return anew
more powerful than before.


About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

3 responses »

  1. Wow, I like the idea of perfect variability and floating to that perfect place… sounds like people, in all their uniqueness, and letting go of the river bank (via Miss Pema) … beautiful!

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