The afternoon leans in closer,
pushes up softly against my senses,
pauses, then whispers “Autumn”.

I stand still with the rake in my hands,
sniffing the season’s subtle wafting perfumes
like a curious happy canine.

I didn’t need to be informed by now,
but I appreciate the gesture all the same —
yes, it is Autumn, Thank you, Thank you!

Everything is always eager to please,
to reveal itself, making sure that there will be
no mistaking what a miracle anything is —
the sky, a blue coat with white cloud buttons,
the leaves, a currency of crinkled crimson and gold.

Look — the Fall breeze is filling with colors
nobody has ever been able to name,
yet sudden tears might spring from our eyes
unbidden, merely contemplating the mystery
of a single rain drop waiting patiently
to pour down from the swirling sky.

Somehow we have been granted
a vision of this kaleidoscopic wonder
so that we can share its stupendous magic
with all of the rest of ourselves, those babies
of consciousness still wrapped in warm blankets,
quietly humming little poem sounds in their cribs.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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2 Responses to Autumn

  1. Sky McCain says:

    “the sky, a blue coat with white cloud buttons,” Wondrous, even our grey coats and black buttons are wondrous. Life surely is a gift. Lovely poem.

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