I Am Like a Leaf
The silence is broken: into the nature
My soul sails out,
Carrying the song of life on his brow,
To meet the flowers and birds.
When my heart returns in the solitude,
She is very sad,
Looking back on the dead passions
Lying on Love’s ruin.
I am like a leaf
Hanging over hope and despair,
Which trembles and joins
The world’s imagination and ghost.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on December 28, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.
“I Am Like a Leaf” was originally published in Selected Poems of Yone Noguchi ” (The Four Seas Company, 1921).