Autumn Colour in The Woods

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It is a wonderful autumn this year. Weather has been great, sunny and dry with very little wind, allowing the trees to hold on to their leaves. So a walk in the woods is magically colourful at this time of year. Which brought to mind a lovely poem by Mary Oliver called –

Sleeping in the Forest.

I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.


8 thoughts on “Autumn Colour in The Woods

  1. What a beautiful blog. I am glad I found you (via Down to Earth) and will now follow you. Thank you for sharing your part of the world.

  2. We were in Ireland last year in autumn and the colours were wonderful! Enjoyed looking at your photos…such a beautiful place and also so different to most of Australia.

  3. you have a love blog here & i just spent the evening reading through some of it
    a lovely spot you have there too
    came over from DTEs “my favourite place”
    thanx for sharing

  4. A coincidence. I came to your site from the blog Down to Earth and enjoyed seeing several of your posts—Ioved the poem by Mary Oliver. The coincidence occurs in that just before finding your blog I found another listed on a different blog that had another Mary Oliver poem in the post.

    Weird how things like this sometimes happen.

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