Closer to fall

Today is …
sunlight streaming
through cottage windows
as a silver tabby
long and lean reclines
on the twisted colors
of a braided rug
in full sabertooth glory
Underneath it all
is a soft simmering
the melting of summer
into fall
a profound slowness
distinct beats of change
in the air
The heat is subdued now
as if someone walked away
from the thermostat
and left the arrow button
on warm
These longer nights
darkly delicate
will gently smother that golden sun
For now there is shelter
against the raking fingers
of a harsh wind
Take the peace of a measured moment
package it
in the muted hues of fall
There is nothing
to trade for this hour
the tabby rises
and softly rubs against my arm
the silkiness envelopes my heart
the love curling around the room
simple and serene



27 thoughts on “Closer to fall

  1. Autumn is my favorite season, so this melted into my very soul. I love “the twisted colors
    of a braided rug,” old-fashioned and timeless, scraps twined into something beautiful and useful. The seamless alliteration of “soft simmering” and “darkly delicate.” And especially these lines: “Take the peace of a measured moment / package it / in the muted hues of fall / There is nothing / to trade for this hour. So true, Lana. πŸ™‚

    • Fall is a nice time. I think October might be my favorite month. I’m off to a bad start, though. I caught a flu-type virus right off the bat and lost my voice (and I don’t get sick very much). Ah well, hopefully it get better, and I can sit outside and enjoy the cooler weather πŸ˜€ Thanks, Joan!

      • What a way to start off your favorite month! I launched into October with a toothache… an old root canal gone bad. And it won’t be fixed until the 25th, the endodontist’s first available appointment. At least I can wrap up in a sweater and enjoy the trees going red and orange.

  2. In full sabertooth glory – totally love that line! πŸ˜„πŸ˜»
    Hope you’re feeling better and that you’ve got your voice back? I catched a cold early this season too which is very unusual. I’ve been to the doctor to get my flu shot today, don’t want to get one of those!! πŸ˜‚

    • Some of those little tabbies think they are just so bad, LOL. I lost my voice for a whole week, Sarah. I couldn’t believe it. This was one of two times in my life that the flu really got me. I might have been the first person in the world to catch it this early, haha. I’m glad you got your shot, and no, you don’t want it!

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