Leaves by the Riverbank by Melinda J. Irvine26 February 201926 February 2019 Leave a comment barbed blade and broken midrib, cobweb netted vein cover river sand in your story Sitting by the river holding a dead leaf, imagining her story. A bud. A leaf proudly flapping in the wind, before falling to earth. Her decomposing body slowly eaten by fat beetles and caterpillars. Finally covered in river sand until a random human hand pulls her back to the light.