Swift summer snuck in,
Greening up from the edges, shading the forest floor.
It came complete with lovely summer evenings
Where warm breezes filled the night,
And a blanket of starts twinkled in the
Dark humid haze.
The August thunder filled my soul
With its power and its wildness renewed me.
My garden produced produce from the earth
Feeding my soul as richly as it fed my body.
This summer was a season of energy and rapid growth.
There was no time to waste, “bloom now, don’t be afraid” was its message.
But now, without warning, the days begin to shorten,
The afternoon shadows grow longer.
Late night mists form as the heart of summer
Makes its escape back to the sky from where it came.
The golden sunglow fades from my skin as it
Has from the fields.
A summer season of riotous beginnings looses its energy and
Fades into the arms of autumn.
As the seasons change, so must I.
I need to return to the safety and warmth of my home and
Gather my growings to feed my body as I gather my loves
To sustain my soul through the cold, dark time to come.
Autumn is the time to return to what was, to what came before
Summer’s brief and beautiful interruption.
Fearlessly and with a final burst of thanks in colors of red and gold,
The earth has gently shed its past with its leaves.
If only I could shed mine with such courage and beauty.