4 haiku for the end of Autumn. (12/01/21) Leaves begin their fall. Colors changing while you watch autumn's rich pageant. (11/27/19) Cold, dark, windy night; trees shudder; dead leaves unchained make fierce their escape (12/01/21) Distant in the dark. Sweet sounds the soft piano. Music in the night. (12/01/21) Chill'd, damp autumn night. Sleepless bare trees sway slowly. Unwrapp'd, expos'd heart.
With the Winter Solstice right around the corner. I thought I’d post these remaining Autumn Photos (taken this year)
POEM FOR LATE AUTUMN (*composition date unknown most likely sometime between 2007-2009)
Skeletal beauty Parade of bones Rooted in mire Grasping heaven A bridge between divine and profane Waiting for winters blanket Redemption in white Covering past sins Peace and rest in a season of sleep *while I don't remember when this was written I do know it was inspired by a line "snow falling, falling like forgiveness from the sky" in the song "Darling Christmas is Coming" by Over The Rhine from the album SNOW ANGELS (2006) https://youtu.be/IinpwBPwRZI
Hello and happy November. Todays image was just taken this past Saturday 10/30/2021. To me it is a quintessential Autumn shot with color, texture and the theme of breaking down - the end of life. Enjoy.
I’ve never posted these three before because I thought my fogged up camera lens ruined them. However, I might have been wrong. 11 years after I took these photos I really like the mood the fogged lens creates. Enjoy.
I can’t tell which one I would like best to see in print. I really love the sepia because it has it’s own special vintage feeling like a scene from primordial times. However I also really love the blue tint because to me it lends itself more to the frosty chill of the morning. decisions decisions.
If you have followed this blog for a long time you know that I focus more on abstracts than nature shots when posting different photographs. That is because nature really only interests me about 5 months out of the year. Primarily October through February. The spring and summer months I can take it or leave it. I don’t find nature that inspiring March through September, photographically speaking. I’m not against it – as I have seen some absolutely stunning photographs from Spring and Summertime – it just isn’t my “thing”. So since we are into the month of October I’ve decided to post only nature shots this month. Enjoy. And for those that love the abstracts – they will be back again. Oh, and just to clarify; these are not new photos. They are from years past.
The paradox that is known as America.
Something we all need to be reminded of from time to time. We as human beings have a habit of blowing things out of proportion and making them seem more important than they are.
I want you to think about what makes you angry, frustrated, sad, hopeless. It might be relationships, politics, health, personal economics/finances, business, religion, culture, media, the environment etc. Nothing is off bounds. Everything matters here. I’m guessing there is at least one thing that immediately comes to mind for every individual.
Let it go.
Let it go now.
And yes, that seems easy; but it’s not, especially the more invested you are in the subject whether it’s emotionally, spiritually or intellectual investment.
But do you think the tree in Autumn wants to let go of its leaves? Or that it’s easy. And yet it does. The tree feels the pain of separation with each leaf – sometimes a thousand times. Year after year the tree will let go of its leaves. The tree does not know what the future holds but it continues the cycle.
So for all the things that seem so important at the time – in the long view – they are not important at all.
They are about as important as a “pebble lying on a gravel road”. So let it go. Sometimes it’s easier sung than done. I found that singing this song while I’m thinking of these things helps me keep things in perspective and remember what’s really important.
Maybe a nice practice would be to write down all these things than anger, frustrate (…etc.) you. Then like Autumn leaves – burn them. Let the worries and cares turn to ash. Then wash them away.
You count your curses and forget about the blessings
Don’t you think you should learn a little lesson
What are you waiting for?
Can’t seem to find the angels for the devils
Don’t you think that if you learned to love a little
You’d live a whole lot more
This is smaller than you know
No bigger than a pebble lying on a gravel road
Let it go, let it go
Got to leave it all behind you
Give the sun a chance to find you
Let it go
You made your bed but don’t think its fit to lie inWasted on the ground when you know you should be flying
What are you waiting for?
It seems so clear to me
You’ve just got to live and learn
Smile at the simple stuff
This road ain’t long enough
To miss a single turn
we have become so enthralled
self-absorbed in our own light
when we look up at the night sky
we cease to see the stars
from our own manufactured urban brightness
when all we do is watch
we’ve stopped looking
we are trapped by the light of our devices
and all that we see stops us from seeking
Stars have disappeared
City lights prevail at night
Leaves fall from the tree