An Aesthetic

My brother once told me if I ate the leaves on the ground
they would turn to ice cream in my mouth.
I want to return to the moment of my belief
though the moment of my disillusionment is good, too,
the dirt and paper crunch of the maple leaves on my teeth and tongue.

Zach Czaia is a poet and high school teacher living and working in Minneapolis. He is the author of the collection of poems, Saint Paul Lives Here (In Minnesota), published by Wipf & Stock.