Friday, October 14, 2011

To Watch the Leaves Turn

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." Elizabeth Lawrence. The leaves are turning. Autumn is passing with lightning speed, or so it seems to me. The moments of my life and the scenery around me are continuously colliding and changing into the next color, the next texture, and the next pattern. Like a rotating kaleidoscope the seasons are a succession of symmetrical designs but instead of patterns coming from mirrors reflecting colored glass, the scenes are composed of sunlight and shadow and tumbling leaves.

I can’t keep up with the ever-evolving scenery happening right in my own back yard. Already the Buckeyes are plunging out of their seed caskets when I touch a branch of the tree. The Euonymus bush outside my window sheds her red leaves and the Blackhaw begins to do the same while the mockingbird starts his wintry habit of seeking out the Dogwood berries. I just want to tell somebody to stop rotating the kaleidoscope! Just hold it still for one moment so I can catch my breath, and focus on just one thing for a second, please.

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