a flower has little time to parade in glory
all good things must end
now the leaf has at last let go
it’s sunny days have become
as the final chapter of a good book closing
red berries hold on
and listen to whispers on the breeze
this final stage is not as it seems
because bleakness is granted permission
to paint in harshness for a few short days
so let it colour with untamed rust
leaves lost to the ground
and sweep smoky trails across the sky
because this is the great alteration of shades
and all living things know
even the end shall pass
let the old make way for the new
Picture: Withered ~ Devinatart
I was fairly certain I wouldn’t write about Autumn this year, but obviously something in my mind had other ideas! I’m sure that happened last autumn/winter too, and then this poem came out in December. Perhaps I’m in denial as to how much I love this time of year?! 😉
I had real trouble finding an appropriate picture for this one. When I did a search for images, it didn’t matter what direction I looked in, pictures for autumn were heavily dominated by orange and gold. Stunning, but I wasn’t convinced they were a true picture of autumn, a little too bright, not quite what I was looking for.
The reality of autumn for me living in England is definitely a lot less vibrant. There are some colourful trees to be found, but it’s more soft orange and yellow and a lot more rust and plenty of those smoky sky days. In fact the day after I wrote this, the sky became exactly that, a pale china blue with wide sweeping smoky art trails with a hint of pink – abstract autumn! It was like seeing my poetry in the sky, can’t say that’s ever happened before. I guess the colour of autumn must vary a lot around the world, and I can only write about the one I know.
I thought the sound and feel of this Agnes Obel song would go well with this poem. If you want to see more of Agnes I created a recent music post about her on my other blog CuriostyShopp. I found her music last year while looking up Ane Brun, I feel they have some similarities in music style, atmospheric and inspiring lyrics. You can find her You Tube channel here.