In keeping with Steven’s structure and theme of being mindful of the beauty found in the barren winter of life, I find myself contemplating the transitions between the summers in life and the bitter cold winters; the autumns of life. The seasons we sense coming change. As with all seasons, they come around many times throughout life, never permanent. We adapt, give way, tucking away the memories.
One must have a mind of autumn
To regard trembling aspen memories
Of honey gold leaves quaking in the wind whisped path;
And have lived many times in between seasons
To behold the fleeting and ever passing illustrious fire colors,
The wilting land in the September sun
Of the shifting winds; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wavering breeze
In the sound of those last dangling memories
Which is the sound of the living
Full of reverence of the dying
That is blowing us through one season into the next
For the listener, who listens to the inevitable October air,
And, beholds everything, beholds
Everything that is not there and everything that is.