Yin-Yang Symbol

Yin-Yang Ash Leaf

Leaves Yin-Yang

Yin-Yang Leaf

Hundreds of ash leaves
scattered on the ground
in my yard, some brown
some yellow, rustling

in the wind as I pass,
one by my feet has
caught my attention—
a Yin-Yang leaf!

Half dark & half light,
brown and bright yellow
side by side— I pick
up this treasure and

sandwich it in a book.
Scanned it a week later
but yellow has faded—
Nature does not wait!

Tried to restore color
in Photoshop without
blocking out the veins
using 40% opacity fill.

Let me honor this leaf—
dark & light, night & day,
female & male, soft & hard,
valley & mountain, cold & hot,

slow & fast, passive & active,
wet & dry, moon & sun—
not choosing either one
but the Tao of balance.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 2-21-2021