Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ode to Autumn...

Leaves falling, turning from green to gold to flame
The flickering of jack-o-lanterns and campfires
Indian corn, pumpkins, and gourds
The golden moon, hanging low, close enough to touch
Blue skies that lead to starry nights
Seeing my breath floating outside my body

Felted, foggy mornings that melt into sunny days
Air cool enough to give goosebumps
Weather having fits--rain one moment, sun the next
Sweaters and flannel shirts, jeans and pj pants
Gloves and scarves, earmuffs and mittens
Fluffy blankets and fleece sweatshirts

Hot apple cider touched with spice steams in a mug
S’mores and toasted marshmallows—sticky and sweet
Candy corn, caramel apples, and popcorn balls
Thanksgiving dinner with family gathered ‘round
The captivating, yeasty smell of homemade bread
The musky aroma of burning leaves and dead wood

The crackle and crunch of crisp leaves underfoot
The rustle in the treetops as the breeze rushes wildly by
Thunderstorms booming and gray skies crying
The haunting call of geese on the wind
Days getting shorter, nights getting longer
Summer fading, winter coming.

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