Autumn Pampas Grass Magic

Summer green has been replaced
with Autumn’s sunlit leaves
sparkling gold and red
colors evoking visions
of magic everywhere.
witch-in-autumn-lights
Like the changing leaves
at the end of October,
Halloween celebrations
give us the opportunity
to boldly imagine and create
new visions of self
with a childlike freedom.

On Halloween day (1999),
I chose to take on the persona
of a gentle witch wearing
a black satin velvet dress.
Standing in my backyard
holding a natural magic wand
made of pampas grass plumes,
I began to conduct sounds
of bird songs, chirping crickets,
and softly falling leaves.

witch-in-autumn-light_2
As I drew circles in the air
with my magical grass wand,
I began to feel a strong
connection with earth,
sky, and the universe itself.
Like a note written in time,
I realized I was an integral part
of a magnificent symphony
written by an unseen
and masterful composer.
And the power of my song
was and is in my own hands!
number-and-music
Note: This is the first time that I have written anything on my blog in 3 months, because when there are problems in lifemy creativity seems to vanish like dust in the wind. Was recently in a car accident and I am currently doing my best to get my feet back on the ground (literally)!
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**I would like to add that, this morning, when I read all of the positive comments, wishes, and hugs being sent my way, I suddenly remembered a post I wrote in 2012—where the ‘bluebird of happiness’ was sitting outside my window reprimanding me for being so sad.  I just read through the post again and the words still apply—made me smile! How did I forget?  I greatly appreciate all of you for jogging my memory!
https://storieswithnobooks.com/2012/10/10/bluebird-of-consternation/
“There is more to life than death,
and more to death than dead.
Every shadow comes from light
not the darkness in your head.
Happiness ……wake up!   ~ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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41 Responses to Autumn Pampas Grass Magic

  1. Anonymous says:

    Praying for you, my friend! 🙂

  2. davidprosser says:

    Wishing you a very speedy recovery Mary.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Thank you, Smiling Pilgrim. Photos from a long time ago. I was ready for the Halloween party across the street (an hour early), so I decided to go out into my back yard for a while and practice casting spells. 🙂

  3. Mary, I, too, have noticed that stress seems to stop creativity abruptly. I’m imagining, given the creativity and sparkle of this post, that at least some of that spark has returned. I’m glad you are back with us!

  4. sarasinart says:

    Oh no, an accident! It’s good to see you back and I hope things keep getting better and that you’ll soon be all recovered.

  5. katelon says:

    So sorry about your car accident. Hope you are mending well and surrounded by much support. I’ve been so worn out by the spiritual work I’m doing lately that I rarely blog these days, so I understand.

  6. Sorry to hear about your accident. The picture with notes is good for the CD cover with your singing!

  7. Lisa Gordon says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your accident, Mary.
    I wish you a speedy recovery.

  8. daeja's view says:

    I know what you mean about how when there are problems the creativity seems to vanish. Heal well, and strong!

  9. montucky says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you recover quickly and completely!

  10. Graham Brown says:

    Very best wishes to you, Mary, for a speedy recovery. And thank you for the blog. Graham

  11. Pat Chancey says:

    Mary – so good to read your precious way with words again! An Accident can change your life in a heartbeat – will keep you in my prayers that life will resume some normalcy very soon for you. Keep the faith and keep your music close to heart – it can make any dark day a bit brighter! An old neighbor I shall remain – God bless you and heal your injuries with his gentle touch. Pat

    • Thanks for your prayers, Pat. I had never been in an accident like this before.
      So glad to have you as my friend. Those old photos of me in my Halloween witch costume were taken in my backyard…next to your house. Long, long time ago now. Time slipped away behind my back, right in front of my face! Makes me rather sad.

  12. Tiny says:

    Sad to hear about your accident, but happy to see you back! I hope you will feel much better soon. Many hugs!

  13. Steven Bailey says:

    There was an old guy at Del Webb
    Had a friend Mary S, the celeb.
    He envied her song,
    but could not sing along.
    So just bought her a fish instead! =)

    • Hmmm…the last line about the fish needs scaling (explanation).
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      He envied her song,
      but could not sing along
      ’cause a thought in his head
      sent him fishing instead.

      • Anonymous says:

        Come to the pool tonight for incredible reveal…..

        • Oh my gosh…you did have a fish…a little plastic battery powered minnow! I’ve never seen anything like this. It is so cool the way is ‘zings’ quickly around underwater, randomly changing directions. My daughter has 2 sons that spend a lot of time in the pool (they are on school swim teams). They would absolutely love this thing!

  14. Genie says:

    I was in a devasting car accident once too, it took a long time, however, eventually, I did fully recover.
    It takes a lot of patience to deal with obstacles and accidents, hopefully, we can learn from them and all suffering has the possibility of developing even more compassion within ourselves for others who are suffering too, and of course we need to be gentle with ourselves when suffering places itself in our pathway.
    May God the all merciful be with you and attend to your every need.

  15. Jet Eliot says:

    I am sorry to hear of your accident, Mary, and wish you a continued recovery. Healing from a devastating injury changes us, sometimes in ways we don’t even know..but that’s what healing is all about: change. My best wishes to you~~

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