Autumn in the Mountains - A Poem
Autumn is by far my favorite season. The golden glow of the aspen and the scent of wet earth, the abundant harvest before the gardening season ends, and the seasonal shift to turn inward and embrace quieter times . . . and my birthday (Libra, here), so maybe I’m just a bit biased.
This poem, an ode to fall in the mountains, was originally published on my old site (juniperstokes.com). It still comes to mind this season, so here it is again, along with a few new pictures from this year’s autumn mountain retreat.
Autumn in the Mountains
Golden leaves turn to flame
Lit by sun and backed by gray
Mountain valerian scents the trail
Embraced, sustained by fall’s sweet veil
Puddles and bones and smell of death
In beautiful waves, fill my breath
Cool autumn brings earth aware
Of coming sleep, and beasts prepare
Behind the breeze, antlers loom
A gift, a blessing, deep commune
by Juniper Stokes