That's today, you know. Although, when the sun's shining, the season's official title doesn't seem all that important. Like yesterday, as I stood at a corner of the dog run, watching one of the dogs playing with her ball, the sun's warmth on my back felt comforting and comfortable. That triggered a recollection of the opening lyrics to John Denver's song Sunshine on My Shoulders (makes me happy). Minnesota stretches Summer well into Autumn as often as not. It makes fall a mellow season, until, around late October or mid November, it stops, sometimes abruptly. Seasons and weather don't acknowledge our calendars with their rigidly structured rectangular days and oblong weeks. Seasonal weather moves at its own pace, sometimes running ahead like an excited puppy, sometimes dawdling to sniff roses or whatever that interesting smell is, often just skipping about. (I know we need to protect air quality, but I miss the smell of burning leaves that I grew up with every Autumn.)
Autumn sunshine warming a country road
Photo by J. Harrington
Yesterday also brought, shortly after posting a mention of how this year's poults had grown, a yard full of them, along with some very watchful moms whose heads often pop'd up to check for trouble. (Mothers are like that, whether human or feathered.) I count 1 less than a dozen birds here, and can just barely tell the difference between the adult hens and the young'uns.
turkey hens and grown poults
Photo by J. Harrington
We've made it through the dog days, some birds and butterflies have begun migration, there's a golden lightness in the air. Let's see how much we can enjoy this season.
Lightness in Autumn
The rake is like a wand or fan,With bamboo springing in a spanTo catch the leaves that I amassIn bushels on the evening grass.
I reckon how the wind behavesAnd rake them lightly into wavesAnd rake the waves upon a pile,Then stop my raking for a while.
The sun is down, the air is blue,And soon the fingers will be, too,But there are children to appeaseWith ducking in those leafy seas.
So loudly rummaging their bedOn the dry billows of the dead,They are not warned at four and threeOf natural mortality.
Before their supper they requireA dragon field of yellow fireTo light and toast them in the gloom.So much for old earth’s ashen doom.
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Please be kind to each other while you can.