Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another Glimpse of Autumn

this season
Jean Rodenbough

sun-filled trees, light filtering through leaves
while we walk along the walled path
where, who was it, once took this way
full of thoughts that wilted
for lack of witness

the dog and I make our autumn way
on fallen leaves in air tinted
by heat of fading summer—warmth
follows us into shaded shelters
along the path that opens in shadow,
woods too long in waiting for the cool

who was here before us? when light
urged the dark red earth to its seasons
before our present course—
no signs of former travelers, no hint of history,
only this moment:
the astonishing awareness of color
the day opening into memories

Photo by Stephanie Schmidt, OSB

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