To The Earth Returned

life falls away
a brilliance of light
and colour
paint its elegy
not long ago
it warmed the forest
a thousand birdsongs
and sang along,
yet now
it hears no more
the winged affirmation
of earthbound angels
nor does it dance
as partner to the breeze

no, life has fell away
returned to sodden earth
where colour and song
hold no sway.