Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shadows and Seeds and Thoughts on a Rainy Day


Sometimes I park on the street behind my office.  The ancient church that spans the block beside us clangs the hours as they pass, stained glass vibrating with the resonance of time.  There is a sidewalk there that I traverse; concrete and nature collide beneath oak and maple boughs.

Today was filled with rain.  Skies grey and damp sluiced the world with autumn's wet embrace.  Have you seen the shadows yet?  Ghosted leaves along the cement, the tannins of life leached out as decay breaks down the cellular walls that gave summer its emerald hue.  The essence of fall bleeds for a time, leaf stains that paint the world in shades of bronze and rust.

I wonder, as life is both light and simultaneously dark...am I the same?

The glow of youth glimmers in jade and sage that slowly burns into amber scarlet flames.  Months pass and summer wans and ochre shadows now lay along the stony walk.  Eventually they will be washed away by the heavens, sifting to soil and sand...the remnant becoming the seed of next year.


10 comments:

Shea Goff said...

Thank you for allowing me/us to take that little walk with you.

Robbie Grey said...

Light without shadow would be blindness. The leaves have long since fallen here and today all is blanketed in white.

So good to see you post something...

Chantel said...

Shea - some day, in some dream, some how...in person. :)

Robbie - oh, the legal pads filled with my scattered and tangled thoughts! lol And snow so soon? While I shy against such chill - I long for the cloak of quiet that is inevitable with snow. Happy winter, my friend.

Melissa Maris said...

So nice to see a post from you. Beautiful, as always.

Chantel said...

Thank you Melissa, and you are kind - as always. :)

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I love your keen observation and your poetic description of autumn leaves on the sidewalk. And I am choosing to think I am in the autumn of my life. Winter can wait.

Marita Abraham said...

Loved the hues in this one. It chilled me, somehow.

Marita Abraham said...

Loved the hues in this one. It chilled me, somehow.

Robbie Grey said...

Soooooooooooooooooooo, what happened to your newest post? The opening lines in my preview were interesting and all...

Toby Valentine said...

I love rainy days, much better then hot hell days (:
Thx for a good blog, wish you all the best.

Regards
Toby, Secure dataroom.