Measured Steps

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nature’s melodic tune
slows and deepens her voice
as days grow shorter,
a quietness vibrates
and covers all with colors
that reflect the quivering of her bow
 
vibrant with decline,
a signal to prepare for going within,
humming in a silent meditation…voices mute
 
streams and waterfalls flow with less urgency
readying for autumn’s harmonious refrain
the forest sheds summer’s abundance,
foliage no longer needed…branches
grown weakened are discarded
poco a poco
 
stilling…orchestrating change,
she conducts all of everything
to begin to rest
gently, by tiny increments of
lower light and coolness coming
on the whispered breeze,
she moves in stealthy, measured steps

Claudia Schoenfeld is our hostess today at Open Link Night 62 at dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/09/18/openlinknight-week-62/

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  1. Ah, this is so beautifully paced Gayle, so … autumn

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    • Thanks, Polly…I just entered it in The River Journal’s 2012 Autumn Poetry Contest. The prompt was the first minute of a video playing Vivaldi’s “Autumn” shown with different photos depicting fall. The music inspired me.

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  2. Ah, what a wonderful depiction of my favorite season! So true about increments. 🙂 Some great metaphors and imagery in this, Gayle.

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  3. I love the way you’ve mixed the musical analogies with the natural imagery, Gayle. It’s so peaceful, fulfilled, sensuous……good luck with the competition! 🙂

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  4. A beautiful description of Autumn’s approach!

    I love it 🙂

    Christine xx

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  5. If you’ve ever been near a babbling brook, this poem speaks right to your heart and memories. Lovely, Gayle.

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    • I have been near a babbling brook… This reminds me of my years in Boston where there were waterfalls and rushing streams that slowed when fall came. Thanks so much, Lorna.

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  6. smiles…really great evocation of the season…there is still music…love that bit on her voice deepening….things slowing…so true….this is wonderful…

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  7. Ohhhh… you’ve made me enjoy autumn soooo much! Beautiful!

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  8. Oh, you captured my heart with the poco a poco, so lovely.

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  9. hedgewitch

     /  September 18, 2012

    I can feel autumn breathing in this, Bodhirose–quietly–I love this time of change you paint here so well, that takes us from the frantic growth and heat of summer to the moderate, stealthy steps of life going underground for rest. Lovely.

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    • Yes, it does get quieter and slower doesn’t it…a pace that more suits me it seems. Your comments are as beautiful as your writing…thanks, Hedgewitch.

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  10. Gayle, this is gorgeous !

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  11. A lovely capture of autumn dear…may it give you gentle rest ~

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  12. Beautiful. You have really captured the feeling of autumn here…stealthy measured steps indeed. And yes, tiny increments….hardly discernible on a daily basis, but they all add up!

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  13. How peaceful. 🙂 I see the transformation into Autumn. The gentle music in the water elements. Lovely!

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  14. i LOVE this, Gayle! stunning!

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  15. All of this poem, but especially the last verse are so leveling and wise!

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  16. After seeing you post on Facebook, I came to revisit this beautiful poem!

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