Listening to Autumn

Autumn is slipping through summer's branches and I am listening. I am listening to the dying flowing forth from autumn's being. I am listening to the life hidden in the dying. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to the trees taking off their lush green garments. I am listening to the leaves turning, turning, ever turning. I am listening to the burning bush of autumn. I am listening to the falling of this season. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to the song of transformation, to the wisdom of the season, to the losses and the grieving, to the turning loose and letting go. I am listening to the surrender of autumn. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to the music of the forest's undergrowth, to the crunch of leaves beneath my feet, to the miracle of crumbling leaves becoming earth again. I am listening to the beauty and fragility of aging. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to the wheel of the year turning, to the cycle of the seasons, to the call for harmony and balance. I am listening to the circle of life. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to days growing shorter, to the air turning crisp and cool, to the slow waning of the light, to the stars that shine in cold, dark nights. I am listening to the growing harvest moon. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to happy harvest cries, to hearts overflowing with thanksgiving, to tables laden with gifts from the earth, to baskets overflowing with fruit, I am listening to the bountiful gift of autumn. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to a call for inner growth, to my need to let go of material possessions, to my need to reach out for invisible gifts. I am listening to a call from transformation. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to the death of old ways. I am listening to the life force turning inward. I am listening to the renewal of the earth. 

I am listening. 

I am listening to summer handing over autumn. I am listening to the poetry of autumn. 

I am listening. 

By Macrina Wiederkehr in "The Circle of Life - The Heart's Journey Through the Seasons" 

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