Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ruby Tuesday - My Autumn Maple

This is the maple tree in front of my house.  A sharp freeze last week has brought color to trees all over Tulsa.  We are having a beautiful autumn.  When the wind blows the leaves fall in a technicolor rain.

     CYCLE

When summer's burning heat at last is over,
and autumn rains again refresh the earth.
There is a burst of life which like a nova
hurls out the light that precedes icy death.

The wind boils leaves in heaven's flashing cauldron
an endless stream of color swirls and falls,
and reveals Seurat's dappled vision,
a patchwork quilt that flows and covers all.

That which spring began and summer nurtured,
at autumn's end must safe be stored inside.
With winter's cold the cycle's finally ended.
Tender life digs deep, flies south, or dies.

At last comes winter's quiet time which brings
all life's return in resurrection spring.

          G.W. Bill Miller
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5 comments:

Leedslass said... [Reply to comment]

Maples really come into their own at this time of year. Beautiful.

DrillerAA09 said... [Reply to comment]

It has been a wonderful autumn for color. Winter is just around the corner.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

Yep, we have had a great autumn especially for photographers like you Bill and picture takers like me.

edenhills said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful tree. Love that brilliant red. Most of my trees simply turn brown. The poem is also wonderful. Love that cycle of rebirth that is so obvious in our temperate climates.

Cheri said... [Reply to comment]

I have an autumn blaze in my yard. They are beautiful.