Monday, September 29, 2014



"The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes
from the summer cottons into its winter wools."  Henry Beston

Leaves have yet to fall,
yet to flush golden, crimson, fire.
Horses yet to shed summer coats,
stand nose to tail beneath heavily laden trees.

Rose-purple blazing stars, rioting asters
drape field and valley.
Bees absorb Autumn's sun
as storm clouds gather.

Cattle tagged and fattened;
idyllic days slumbering - numbered,
as are canopies of olive, lime, and jade.

A flip of the calendar page or season's first frost.
Security and fate change as quickly as that.

by Margaret Bednar, September, 29, 2014

This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Open Link Monday"

and Magpie Tales #239 where the image prompt is below.  I pondered the "security" offered beneath grand old trees and the change from summer to fall …

Autumn in Madeira by Jacek Yerka used with Magpie Tales #239


TexWisGirl said...


manicddaily said...

Hey Margaret--this IS lovely--and it is amazing how quickly the seasons turn and one worries about pipes freezing and all the rest of it--at least up in the Catskills! Lovely pics both in photos and words. k.

Susan said...

It changed in a day this year--where my folks live up by Albany NY. What a serene picture you paint--and show with the horses--funny how I forget that the change cuts off life--that's how the colors come, that's how the leaves fall.

Gail said...

Change. Scary how quickly it happens.

Vandana Sharma said...

Nicely projected all the changes:)

Grandmother (Mary) said...

I love the sounds in this- slumbering, numbered; olive, lime, jade, and how keenly you see and describe the world around you.

Stacy Lynn Mar said...

i really love your descriptions of summer fading into fall. the whole poem just gripped me in it's images.

stacy lynn mar

Susan Anderson said...

You just made me look at autumn a new way. Thanks.


Kutamun said...

Horses cows and cars make fascinating metaphor ... Will the cow pull the car while someone rides beside on horse ?

Tess Kincaid said...

Deliciously atmospheric...I would be bored without the seasonal change...nice to see you at Magpie, Margaret...

~T~ said...

I'm holding my breath--how long will it last?