Hello, October! Let's celebrate with a few ordinary acts of paying attention to the ways earth's crammed with heaven in this season. Here's some suggestions to get you started this week, no matter where you live.
Mushroomtime at National Geographic
The Beautiful Changes
One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.
The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.
Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.
Listen to my always-evolving Autumn playlist on Spotify
Bare from Helen Dallat on Vimeo.
Leaf Gathering Field Trip, 1963