The forest is different now,
Everything has changed.
The sky’s blue is colder,
The north wind is stronger, and
The trees’ summer green has faded.
Their leaves, lighter green now, are studded with hints of red and gold, brown and yellow.
My garden plants are lying over
As if to say “enough”.
They are entitled, they have given me all they can.
But nasturtiums, marigolds and impatients are troopers and refuse to let go.
They will stay strong until the frost’s icy fingers drag them down to rejoin the earth and sleep.
Summer’ song birds have long since flown away, and in their absence
All I hear are the crickets and the crows.
Autumn evenings are chilly and quiet, the silence broken by the occasional lonely bark of a fox and the haunting calls of the owls.
Heavy wind chimes hanging in my forest have been silent all summer but
Now sing with the strength of autumn winds while thistle down floats by in layers of life to be.
This season between the seasons is one of slow change but with an inevitable end.
There is no turning back, no chance to stay and nowhere else to go.
But in spite of this certainty, there is no turmoil, no angst or resistance among the trees and flowers for they know
This is how it should be, how it must be,
How it has always been.
One season losing its grip and
Sliding gently into the next.