Favorite poem! Best conjuring of loneliness in words I have ever seen. The phrase "a leaf falls" is embedded in the word loneliness. The visual aspect of the poem conveys the mood very well. Also, analysis of each line reveals that the arrangement is deliberate. L(a, or 'la' in french is the feminine form of 'one' or 'the' 'le', also in french is the masculine form The next two lines, 'af' and 'fa' mirror each other ll, again, singular 'one', self explanatory 'l' functions as one (1) And the second half of the segmentation, which reads "oneliness" suggest a declaration of wholeness but also solitude.