Autumn’s Crossing

chestnutSummer’s spell is nearly broken, as the northern earth gives up another sun. Golden Rod bids a silent farewell, while our overturned shadows trace the polar paths of winter. The Horned Owl is already making plans with the full moon, disturbing the sleep of Hummingbirds that still linger. The treasury of green is sealed in wooden attic vaults, stored in cooling root cellars, and opened only with hunger’s master key.

Capricorn will greet the sun in Madagascar, they’ll swim together in Shark Bay then dance in Rio, before tiring of each other’s company. Till then, we’ll fix an arrow on the string of the waning moons, and bust the seals of chestnuts where winter’s sun hides.

The Threshold Moon

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The drawn bow opens a threshold held between left hand and right; where potential trembles, an arrow rests.  Can the archer hold the patient ground as the tension ripens to that undivided moment of surrender?  Will he loose himself into the dynamic stillness of being from whence the art emerges?  The unwavering eye looks ahead.

The humid and hot breath of Summer is trailing south, as the nightlong cool-downs, and the pensive Bush Crickets with their Autumn song, ignite old memories of childhood poets, river bluffs & travel.  Even now, Yellow Poplar leaves have begun the turning; in their golden conclusions they fall, lighting up the forest floor.

Spiny green husks swell between the serrated leaves of a big Chestnut standing deep-rooted before our home.  Her kind were brought from Asia to soften the sad loss of our own in-kind native.  She’s preparing a big feast this year, and the impatient squirrels can’t help but sample the season filled nuts, “green” as they still are.