Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Hello Fall

This post is a little late I know but I have not been getting around much lately. Some of you have probably read this before as it is my yearly habit to post this ever since I wrote it in 2000

Hello Fall

You're back early this year

or does it just seem that way to me?
I've seen the advance notices of your coming

The leaving of the Hummingbirds
an early Junco in Bird Alley the other day
Song Sparrows foraging about in foliage tunnels
of undergrowth in overgrown corners of the bower

Autumn winds whisper change
as they energize the tall summer grasses
and damselflies cling and sway
to ancient choreographed rhythms

The woods and roadsides are scattered with Asters
beautiful blues accenting the late summer Goldenrod
and fluttering Cabbage Whites and Common Yellows
flit about in the afternoon sun with programmed purpose

My garden is full of mature colour
deep yellows and pinks of Coneflowers
vibrant reds of Bee Balm and Celosia
and sky blue Morning Glories

As the process of regeneration begins anew
seed pods filled with determination for next year's renewal
are replacing blooms on annuals

and blossoms fade as somber browns emerge

Our neighbor's apple trees fringing our back yard
message enticement with their rosy ripeness
while baby turtles tunnel their way to the surface
from egg filled nests laid during warm June days

Frogs now grown
bask in the strong afternoon sun
and acknowledge my presence with 'bleeps'
as they leap into the tranquil pond waters

Encroaching early evening darkness
proclaims a departure of long summer days
and the reds and yellows and oranges of turning leaves
trumpet your return....

Welcome back!


grammie g said...

Hi Ann....Lovely words to discribe the season in a poem..
I hope your colors are nice>
I was in Houlton his past weekend to visit my daughter!! I was in hopes to get some fall foliage shot's,but they are very dull looking, and it rained, and was real foggy he whole time I was there!!
Did see a lot of New Brunswick number plates on cars shopping at Mardens and Walmart though..lol ; }

Grace : }}

Mary said...

Well done! I love that header shot...so pretty! We don't have much color yet.