Tuesday, September 22, 2009


It's easy to love the autumn. Are you sighing with relief, too? It's been an unsettled year. Unsettled, unsettling. Summer brings out the worst in us, I think.

But now it's fall, when things come back down to the ground.

The other day I saw a squirrel going up a utility pole carrying an unshelled walnut as big as its head. Pretty adorable. The funny-looking winter squashes are in the supermarket, soup is on the menu again, pumpkins are showing up on porches.

It's all so reassuring.

Yes, yes, it's a passing thing. The arrival of autumn means winter is coming. And winter is a tougher love. But everything's a passing thing, and we'll get to winter in due time.

Meanwhile, leaves are falling, just like embers, as Rowland Salley wrote in "Killing the Blues," a great autumn song that doesn't have much to do with autumn beyond its opening line, but has everything to do with changes. John Prine does a great version. Shawn Colvin, too. (Robert Plant and Alison Krause, not so much.)

Anyway, autumn. The bittersweet season. Find some balance while you can.

That's all.

1 comment:

  1. I've always loved the autumn. It feels peaceful to me. September is my least favourite month of the year for many reasons and this year it has been awful. I shall be glad when the end of summer finishes and autumn arrives properly so that I can feel refreshed and renwewed - and odd thing to say when the leaves are falling I know, but thats just the way I am. I think autumn holds promise of the future - all things must pass to make way for the new.

    Sorry for rambling - odd modd tonight :-)


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