Autumnal Equinox



So here we are again
balancing on the fine line
between day no longer light
and dark not quite yet night
the summer now a memory
winter but a shadow

Today the leaves think
perhaps it’s time to turn
and with them a slow heart
dangling as it is on the web
spun by time neither here
nor there hot nor cold

We hang on to love
like the maple its leaf
confident in the strength
that can defy the season
She grows beautiful
in her slow dying

“It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: they meet.”
~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Autumnal Equinox

  1. Maureen says:

    …and here we are balanced between the storms and the sun, as spring has her usual fling before settling down… (By the way, I love the art work you use)


  2. All things in nature are beautiful, even death. Your last stanza is magnificent – clear as rainwater. If you have the time please stop by my recent fall offering and let me know what you think.


    • Thank you Valeria for this and your other recent thought on a poem . . . I appreciate it! I’m always delight when my words are received as an invitation to think along a certain theme . . . Come back often . . . Blessings . . .


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