Autumn Leaves Shapeshifting

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

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!

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.  🙂

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.

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  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. 🙂
    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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