Tag Archives: Autumn

November song …

I lie awake; white moonlight floods the night. From the ash tree a tawny owl calls repetitively. His unmistakeable notes haunt the cold air. I await an answering response; her softer song, call and reply – that autumnal antiphon.

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November morning … .

I sit before the keyboard like a composer at a piano; flexing my thoughts like fingers, seeking the unheard sequence of notes from the mind’s silent symphony. A chaffinch trills in the November rain; breaking the silence of this reverie. … Continue reading

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The Curlew

I trod Autumn underfoot: trampling muddied, slippery leaves, beech mast and sweet chestnut fruits .. I saw the tallest of the pine trees draped in ghostly honeysuckle seeds. I found late blackberries bedewed, interwoven with the cobwebs a determined spider … Continue reading

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Swallows gather …

Swallows gather in chattering lines on telephone wires. I smile at the juxtaposition. Excitement is in the air; leaves are swirling in their Autumnal dance and the youngest brood swoop and swerve from higher and higher .. O, sleek promise … Continue reading

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To a butterfly …

I saw you flutter, butterfly, from leaf to flowered stem; your velvet beauty dimmed by the passing of the days. Wings now torn and frayed, jewelled colours as faded by the summer light as aged brocade. I watched you dance … Continue reading

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Brambles …

Brambles ensnared the last weeds of Autumn, the tattered clothes of the lost year. Brambles wove Winter with burr and with blackthorn, threading through stems of wild parsley and nettles, yellowed, crushed, misshapen, forlorn. Those brambles wearing white blossom and … Continue reading

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Like a shadow …

Like a shadow Winter cleaves to Autumn when nights lengthen and chill winds blow. It strips the tawny raiment from the trees into the furrows of the field in scattered leaves of bronze and gold. Silhouettes stand bereft; barren, naked, … Continue reading

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The first falling leaf ….

I caught the first of the falling leaves buffeted like a butterfly in the wind fluttering weak-winged to earth .. I held in my hand that messenger of time; Autumn is calling; summer is slipping away. Winter was written in … Continue reading

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Almost Autumn …

Almost Autumn; rainbow rings around the moon, ephemeral moments lost so soon. Mists on rivers, lake and sea diffused by time like a memory .. butterfly wings in rich brocade; the touch of petals long decayed .. russet, amber, golden … Continue reading

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