Shifting Seasons – a poem

It’s the middle of a long hot summer where I live, but I have the changing seasons to look forward too! In a few months my morning walks will be gold instead of green.



Roses are drooping

Petals are falling

Ground is scorched by

the heat of the sun


Moon is waning

Stars are hiding

Eeriness conquers

the dark velvet skies


Summer is folding

Autumn is calling

Crisp, pretty leaves

now crunch at my feet


Storm is brewing

Cold is looming

Icy winds bite at

the innocent breeze


Color is fading

Nothing is growing

Dreary days plague us

as winter sets in


Air is warming

Snow is melting

Clouds weep with joy

for hope has returned


Green is bursting

Birds are chirping

Spring has arrived

all’s right with the world!

Autumn’s Touch

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There’s a stillness that is Autumn

on this crisp October morning.

Even geese are silent and

I wonder how far South they’ll choose to fly.


At the moment day awakens

Mother Nature gives a yawn, then

she flexes magic fingers

and throws colors at the hills and the sky.


From the trees on the horizon,

leaves become undone. They drift like

amber snowflakes to the ground.

How dazzling they become before they die!


This is my response to today’s one-word prompt: Believe

(because I believe it is His plan to give us the most colorful season right before He delivers the most stark one)

Autumn Splendor – a slideshow


In another week, the Autumn colors in my little corner of the world should be at the height of beauty. I will spend as much time as possible memorizing the magnificent colors and embracing the splendor of Fall. I wish I could create the perfect combination of words to describe the miracle that takes place when seasons change, but I fail at every attempt. All I know is that nature’s cycle is also life’s cycle. The birth of Spring and the growth of Summer give way to the acceptance of change in Autumn and the impermanence of life by Winter’s end.

I love to take photos in the Fall! I like to pretend I have captured the colors and saved them from certain death. Logically, the more photos I take, the more colors I rescue; especially the brilliant ones that only come out during this special time of  year, like burgundy, flame, tangerine and sunshine gold. It seems like a worthy and noble task to me, so I can only hope that winter doesn’t come too soon!

Because pictures are worth a thousand words (and words couldn’t possibly describe the glory I see anyway), here is a slideshow of some of my favorite fall photos.

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The Last Leaf


When all his daring leaf friends

had fallen to the ground,

the anxious autumn leaf yelled:

“Wait for me! I’ll be there soon!”

He was growing eager

to twirl and float through the air!

“But before I let go,

 I’d like to know,

was it fun

 when you flew?

Was it fun?”

Getting no response, the leaf became frightened.

“Do you hear me, my friends?

Are you there?”

He hung his little head, quivered and said:

“I am lonely and I am afraid!

I need to let go,

but I’d like to know,

did it hurt

when you fell?

Did it hurt?”

My response to today’s one-word prompt: Daring