Autumn: A Season of Transition
Crisp autumn leaves
That blanket the ground
Orange, red and mustard yellow
Lazy morning sun glistening
Over the long dewy grass
Echoing in the empty streets
Now all living creatures
As the nights slowly grow longer
It’s that time of year where the air starts to feel that little bit cooler, but not quite colder enough to visibly see your breath. The morning air smells slightly damp and the cobwebs are draped in dew drops that, when capture the sun in the right light, shine like little diamonds.
The streets feel less familiar than they once did. Slightly quieter as people begin to hibernate in their homes, leaving them bare like the trees. Apart from me and dog, as we walk through the chaos of fallen autumn leaves, there is no one else in sight. Only the rustle under my feet to keep us company.
Shadows are starting to cast over my garden where the most brightly coloured flowers once grew. Out of the corner of my eye, I watch the birds squabbling over food. I wonder how much longer it will be before they too start to dwindle.
It’s a struggle to rise from the warmth of my bed now the sky is that little bit greyer. But it’s the only time of year that I’m up early enough to see the low rising sun that breaks through the clouds and gently welcomes the day. And I long for the hours of daylight as each day grows slowly shorter. I’m not afraid of the dark, I just fear the creatures that lurk in it.
As you can probably tell, I’m quite conflicted by the autumn season. I love wrapping up warm for the colder weather but I hate how constricting it can feel. I love snuggling down at night but I hate how lonely they can be. A transitioning season between the warm and the cold, the light and the dark and for some reason I don’t know quite how to feel.
The light is what I so desperately crave. So, I will wake each morning to watch the last of the sun rises. I will fill each day with long autumn walks, watching my dog run through all the leaves. And I’ll spend each perfect evening cuddling in a cosy blanket, the room lit with a flickering candle, sipping on hot chocolate whilst surround by the people I love. Maybe that is what autumn is truly about?
For now at least, I’m going to focus on the here and now. I’ll take each day as it comes, appreciating all that autumn brings.
Until next time