9.22.11 Yes the Down & Feel Fall

I am a fan of four seasons or eight the way I’m a fan of multiple moods not two.

This time of year around here something in the shifting mix of oxygen alters a trunk’s blood, so to speak.  It has given the summer its best. Has housed the cat birds and squirrels and raccoons and opossum. Has lapped up carbon and given back oxygen. And now it trembles. Leaves strip their green clothes and reveal their yellow, orange, and red skins.

Then one by one they let go. cummings writes this:





These days I hunger to be like the trees, to tremble and release, to let extremes fall down and dissolve. “I want the losing it all,” as Jane Hirshfield writes. To be that l and 1. To listen to the leaves.

The leaves laugh and sing on their way down. What do they sing?

Hunker down, hunker down.
Let the wind blow.
Stop climbing for now
and find the language of ground.
Down, down, yes, the down.

Enjoy the equinox.

What were your day’s three highlights? Share them below and let us know where you’re writing from.

See you in the woods,
The Three Highlights Guy


3 responses to “9.22.11 Yes the Down & Feel Fall

  1. the fall equinox is my baby’s birthday. This year he is 14! I am filled w/ so many memories of those 14 years. And I always wallow in his actual birth. It’s so miraculous; well worth wallowing in at least once a year!!

    kailua, HI

  2. Sharlette Davis

    Ahhhh..the fall of my life and the contentment, knowing that we can and will get thru any trial blown our way. Not quite fall in Texas (just every couple of days of cool, quiet mornings and bliss) Lunch on patios with friends…small window in spring and fall….and looking forward. Knowing in my mind’s eye how beautiful it is in Accord.

  3. 1. A slow walk in the woods, the damp leaves sleeping beneath my boots.
    2. Kind words from clients, affirmation again that I’m on the right path.
    3. Gratitude for so many people and things, as my daughter, wife, and I exchange ‘thanks you’s before dinner.
    – from Accord, NY (Hudson Valley)