Autumn Leaves Shapeshifting

While I was looking down
into water filled with leaves,
Water-leaves
an old tree with hallowed eyes
opened wide its wooden mouth
and whispered gently
Talking-Tree
Why are you so sad?
In cyclic transformations
nothing ever
dies!

See the autumn leaves
shapeshifting into new life
rising from the ground.New-Life Admittedly, every year when shorter days and cooler weather combine with falling leaves, I always feel a measure of sadness as time slips through my fingers. Gone is the comforting warmth of long summer days!
Autumn-Empty-Chairs

Dog-in-LeavesI know that the chill in autumn air is a harbinger of winter’s frozen breath—Brrrr! My old bones creak and groan at the thought of snow and ice. Give me a pillow and blanket, and kindly wake me up when it’s spring.  🙂
Leaves-in-water

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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20 Responses to Autumn Leaves Shapeshifting

  1. The poem and pictures make feeling of watching movie! Thank you.

  2. sarasinart says:

    The coming of the cold does feel like a time marker as our years fly by. You said it all so well and your pictures are great.

    • Thank you! Years ago, when I was in elementary school (1st grade), I remember spending my lunchtime outside….catching leaves as they fell and then laying them gently down on the ground.I was so afraid they were going to get hurt by such a long fall! I felt so sad for them. The leaves were being blown far away from home and I knew there was no way they could ever return.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mary – as always, well written and your photos so much a part of your story! You should publish your stories with “no books”. With a blanket curled up in the winter, your followers could enjoy more than one at a time, and recapture their favorite. You have a gift from God and thanks for sharing that special gift. Be blessed. An old neighbor!

  4. dorannrule says:

    That is simply beautiful…..

  5. Thanks Dor! But it can’t compare with the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley where you live.
    I have only been to the Shenandoah Valley once (in October 2012). I was driving on the Skyline Drive, and stopping every once in a while to sit on the stone walls and take photos. That’s when I saw the mysterious witch of Shenandoah. It looked like she was chasing her cauldron through the trees. 🙂
    https://storieswithnobooks.com/2012/10/20/mysterious-witch-of-shenandoah/
    For whatever reason, I haven’t been back to the Shenandoah Valley since then. I need to return.
    One visit really wasn’t enough!

  6. jbcamera says:

    Lovely words and pictures. I’m with you and would sleep Winter away if I could! Beautiful dog. Is it an Aussie?

  7. Tiny says:

    Beautiful poem and pictures of the autumn glory!

  8. Sharmishtha says:

    what a collection of pix and words Mary! BTW whatever happened to Joshua’s writings? I did visit his blog, his works are outstanding! but where is he? 😉

  9. I love autumn colours and mushrooms! 🙂

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