Friday, October 12, 2007

In praise of the season.

It's raining, it's pouring...

I think I've started a post with that phrase before, but I'm too lazy to check my archives for confirmation.

It is, in fact raining, and pouring, right now. It's a deliciously halloweeny type of day: the dark and dreariness is constantly interrupted by the magnificently colourful bursts of flame-like trees. Every once in a while, fallen leaves are swept up in a cool gust of wind. I half expect the headless horseman to come charging 'round the bend at any moment.

Taking all of this in today as I walked home for lunch, I was struck by an incredible sense of loss for the season. Some of the trees are nearly bare, their leaves a riot of colour at their roots, and I know that soon the world will become a monochromatic scene, where life is frozen in time and space.

This is a thought that occurs to me around this time each year, and I am genuinely sad. But then I remember that this is how it is: part of a cycle that must not stop. I think about how beautiful and quiet that monochromatic world can be, and I feel a little bit better.

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At 10:32 PM, Blogger JMH said...

I've often wondered what I would do if I didn't live in a climate with the four seasons I'm used to. The thought process usually ends with, "drink a lot of rum."

That said, autumn fills me with a strange, dark excitement watching a single candle flame in a mausoleum.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Jay said...

YOu can't get to the good part of the circle without first passing through the bad :)

At 5:57 AM, Blogger jenn said...

jmh- that about sums it up. ;)

Jay- It's so true- and we appreciate the good so much more for the journey.


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