Leaves by the Riverbank by Melinda J. Irvine26 February 201926 February 2019 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.