October’s passing

IMG_7000 Morning fog and the plaintive cry of the lone goat down by the pond – he’s the white spot down there. I think he mourns loneliness these days. I haven’t seen his buddy for about a year.

IMG_6998We have leaf lawns like old brown/gold shag carpets in every view.

IMG_7003 The deer are almost invisible now except for white tails as they bound across the yard. This one paused for quite a while before slowly going over the hill and down through the sluggish morning traffic.

IMG_7007  And then, all is glorious!

I found another poem by George Copper that speaks of the season. Here are the first two verses:

“Come, little leaves,”

Said the wind one day,

“Come over the meadows

With me, and play;

Put on your dresses

Of red and gold;

Summer is gone,

And the days grow cold.”

Soon as the leaves

Heard the wind’s loud call,

Down they came fluttering,

One and all;

Over the meadows

They danced and flew,

Singing the soft

Little songs they knew.

Since I first encountered Barbara Mahany’s lyrical writing in Slowing Time , I’ve been a visitor to her table. Her current post on the coming darkness of the long nights of winter ends with this thought: to “… wrap ourselves in the whole of the long night’s offering, the invitation to burrow deep inside our souls. and bring on the night candles, the flame, and the blankets.”  She writes of the long winter cozy that I do love with more candles, more soup and stew, more blankets and comforters, more reading and yes, more time outside. In the dark.

I’m moving a jacket up to the kitchen so I’m more agreeable to respond to the drawing to step outside to watch the dawn create silhouettes of my tree friends. Stars and planets visible without the canopy of leaves.

You’re invited out into the wonder! IMG_6993

5 thoughts on “October’s passing

  1. Cathy

    Another great poem by Mr. Cooper, Elaine. As you can see I’m way behind in my Web Journal reading. I’m still playing catch-up on my own web journals and scrapbooks and all my other involvements. I love your last photo especially. You’ve really captured the feel of November. Now that it gets dark so quickly in the evening, everything feels different. The slant of the sunlight is different during the day and I can see my neighbors’ houses now that most of the leaves have fallen. I like your term “lyrical writing,” I’m drawn to such writers as well, but never knew just what to call it.

    1. Elaine Post author

      I’m very sensitive to the changes of light, and I see you are too. I’m going to post some of my favorite authors soon. Perhaps you will find a new friend among them.

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