Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hints of Autumn

as i stepped onto our boat
i spotted this leaf floating in the narrow channel between the dock and our boat
the sun catching the autumn colors 
 illuminating it against the deep green of the lake
autumn is arriving
the temperatures don't tell me so
but little hints such as this leaf in an unexpected spot
longer shadows
less humidity
bluer skies
cooler mornings
all lead to the imminent end of summer
and the shift to another season 
full of its own beauty


The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August
and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair
amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~