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Morning mist.   Cool air.  Shorter days. Orange and yellow mums in the pots. Autumn season is finally here and this reminds me of a lovely quote:  

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

This will be my 9th season to experience autumn in Canada.   What lessons have I gathered so far?  Two things: First, to accept that impermanence is part of our life. I am reminded of this daily as leaves change colour, fade and die.

Second, follow the leaves-  fall. Let go of your fears and fall into what you love to do. Fall in love all over again. Fall passionately into your craft of writing. Fall into the ground and marvel the sky. Fall into an adventure. Three years ago, I started picking up the pen again, and exploring the magic of words.   Autumn took a new dimension for me:  edge, paper, boundaries, limits – shake them away &  fall.

Let’s start our poetic journey.   Do you have a favorite autumn poem? You can share the links or title/author in the comment section.   Here’s one of mine:

Digging by Edward Thomas

Today I think
Only with scents, – scents dead leaves yield,
And bracken, and wild carrot’s seed,
And the square mustard field;

Odours that rise
When the spade wounds the root of tree,
Rose, currant, raspberry, or goutweed,
Rhubarb or celery;

The smoke’s smell, too,
Flowing from where a bonfire burns
The dead, the waste, the dangerous,
And all to sweetness turns.

It is enough
To smell, to crumble the dark earth,
While the robin sings over again
Sad songs of Autumn mirth.

Welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone.   This is Grace hosting another week of poetry reading.   If you are new here, let me tell you how it works:

  • Write a poem and post it to your webpage.
  • Click on the Mr. Linky button below and enter your name and direct url/web address to your poem
  • There you will also find the list of those participating this week. You might want to refresh this occasionally or check back in as there are people joining over the next 33 hours.
  • Read other poets that have linked. Let them know what you thought, how the poem moved you, what you think of their style, what caught your attention.    Please don’t forget to return the favor of those who have visited and commented on your work.
  • Encourage others to participate through social media, promote your own piece and others.
  • Have fun meeting and engaging your fellow poets.

Happy Tuesday to everyone ~  Grace