It drew me out to the street, bare feet, pajama clad.
It didn’t matter, no one was there,
not even my neighbor’s yipping mongrel,
or her teenage son raging behind his wheel.
It was scent of winter rain,
you know the kind when air is full to its brim.
A slight chill hinted snow not quite ready to fall.
I paused under a yellow slivered glow
hooded in thin streaked clouds,
inhaled with such deep reverence
I lifted from my grounding.
In between seasons, as one couples to the next,
I am tilted off balance able to abrade infinity.
Overtaken under steel gray billow,
rain anoints my face, a lavish liturgy
unpinned from above.
Sweet lunacy fills my being
as autumn requests a partner,
twist and spin, a samba
under a tangerine ball.
I love the fall. 🙂
A fragile baptism peppers the deck,
each shake of limb in autumn wind
arouses flutter bottomward.
I sweep away once more.
Relentlessly they perfect their purpose,
celebrate Your passion.
If all would drop at once
I could keep it at bay, rather,
I release to Your miraculous pattern,
a shift and rare array with each
pad across the porch.
I sit in wonder, not grab
for dominion, You honor
me with grace at each turn,
relinquish marvel in every Breath.
From the Sunday lectionary, September 20, 2015 – Lectio Divina
Psalm 54: 6, The Message
I’m ready now to worship, so ready.
I thank you, God—you’re so good.
The maple in my front yard
hides a street sign
shadows the stop sign
the tree we’ve been told
to trim back
so passers-by can see
is turning colors
The grande dame
makes a summer entrance
a velvet green whorl
verdant life thick through
trunk and limbs
flowing into tender leaf veins
much as my life blood pulses
through indigo courses
into my out stretched palms
aching to touch the sky
gifted by summer sun
this noble being whispers
a time to slow down
and a golden hue emerges
when the sun falls low alighting
limbs and leaves
in a yellow green glow
As I reach down
pick up the morning news
I turn my face
toward the lovely wild thing
to see emerald faded
yellow spreading its aurora
There is a bit of sadness
in the cycle of surrender
knowing what was
will never be again
not the same way
different next time around
I wrap my robe tighter
against early dawn’s chill
brush away fallen leaves
garnishing the daily post
I too will fall to earth
dry and cracked one day
for new breath
shimmering in sun’s presence
It began with the full moon, a Super Moon
someone named it, as if it wore a cape.
Invincible of all except for one solitary
element alone in the evening sky.
Then rains began to fall. A mist mixed
with low slung cloud. A thick swirl rolling
down hills, filling space where summer
sun once nested.
Now full bloom gardens bulging with
rainbow hues and verdant greens of every
shade will bow and curl under icy breath
this callow autumn eve.
A blanket wraps round my shoulders,
I would it be your arms. The quiet sigh
of first frost fills my ears, I wish it your
whispered words just for me to hear.
It’s September 11 and it’s cold outside. Really cold. It will frost tonight and we may get a light snow. The mountains will definitely see snow. Crazy weather. It’s too early for snow. Or at least we always thought so.
Here is a photo of the last harvest of my garden. Saying goodbye to my treasured friends until next year.