Human life, like the life of a leaf, goes through various stages from birth to death and Mrs. Diane Ackerman's symbolic representation of this process helps one in comprehending the real nature of life.
The process of human life is symbolically similar to that of a leaf that changes from a green leaf to the dirt, according to the laws of nature. A leaf is very tender and light green when it starts its growth and it becomes green and full of life when days pass by. Similarly, a human being grows from his infancy through adulthood to old age and he becomes part of mud and dirt when he dies. It is a process which is similar to the growth a leaf from a green leaf to the dirt and this process asserts that change is essential for nature by which it preserves the balance of the world. Mrs. Diane Ackerman effectively presents the process of human life through the symbolic representation of a leaf's life from green leaf to the dirt.
Human life is a process which starts with birth and ends in death, and it is according to the law of change which keeps the nature in balance. First of all, when a child is born it is like the tender plant or leaf and both grow to become mature. Then, the tender leaf grows to become a green leaf and it is an important phase of its development.