Autumn

I had a lovely yoga class last night led by Kim Wagaman at It’s All Yoga. At the beginning of our practice, Kim read “Song for Autumn” by Mary Oliver. With autumn finally settling into Sacramento, the timing of the poem was a perfect and gentle reminder to appreciate the change of the season and–at the same time–take peace and comfort in just how grounding this change is. For your enjoyment, as well:

Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver

In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think

of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

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