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Run-on Rumination: Autumnal Appreciation


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Run-on Rumination: Autumnal Appreciation

I can’t, it seems, confine forever my interests to something manageable, but for now—in the now—I am enamored with this leaf, these leaves, the colors of brown and yellow and brilliant orange and red signifying they are dead but becoming more beautiful and so instead of decaying with no dignity, rotting and melting into the earth as worm dung in obscure and bland silence they go out with a brilliant blast of color, such visible venation, bold beauty so in your face you have to celebrate and not mourn though mourning is around the corner as days become shorter and nights so much longer and mornings feel like they come later in the day waiting on the light to come this way so we can officially say good day. That’s the thing for today, anyway, which doesn’t go a very long way to limiting all the things the mind can see, wants to see, wants to be. It’s time to pull the tomato plants because there will be frost in the next few days. But the plants don’t seem to know that—buds blooming, numbers of green tomatoes zooming into the 100s and more, by the score, they’ll grow and turn no more as they’re tossed into the compost pile for the winter to return next year as fodder for the planting and offering volunteers hiding in the seeds of the rot that becomes of their uprooted whole. The chill on the air and soon the lights of the football field, my breath in the street light visible as I and my dog stroll down the side of the road looking down as a yellow-orange-red maple leaf—venation visible more now than at any time all year, and with tiny brown specks scattered throughout its surface—blows under foot just barely missing my sole while touching my soul with its circle of life that we try to comprehend at summer’s end every year at this time when there is nearly constant susuration of leaves on and off branches, when the climb of the grapevine stops, freezes in place, awaits the spring quietly when it will bud new leaves and new growth to pick up where it left off this year. What's that I hear? Is that a cheer from down the road? The hometown team must have scored, or recovered the ball, or done something otherwise spectacular to best the vying visitors. Come on old girl, let’s keep moving. I think I should have worn a heavier jacket.


© 2021 greg cain


greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 07, 2021:

Hi Sha Sha - yes, it struck me pretty hard when I passed by those trees yesterday (or day before?) and the leaves really reached out and called me by name. I don't think I ever even noticed that tree before that. You know, just sort of blends into the background, etc. The funniest part of this is that the main idea for the piece was the leaves changing and fall falling, and it came to me and wouldn't leave me alone in my sleep the other night. Sounds like we are of a mind, my friend. And speaking of Speedy: Arriba, arriba…andale, andale! ;) Happy Autumn to you, too, Miss Sha Sha. Good weekend, as well.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 07, 2021:

Hi Maria - yes, it's just a bit earlier here than down south. I remember some pretty nice colorings in northern Alabama back when I used to live there, though. Thanks for giving this a go, and hope you have a wonderful day.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 06, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the gorgeous colors of autumn leaves. I made me want to take a walk, but wait -- the leaves here haven't changed yet. They will soon, though. Meanwhile, I will enjoy your leaf photos.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 06, 2021:

I love your take on the dying leaves going out with a blast of color before they become compost (not your words, but same gist). This run-on rumination sounds like my head when it keeps me awake at night. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often, but, yeah. Speedy Gonzales and the Energizer Bunny all rolled into one.

This was fun, Box. Happy Autumn!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

Hi Brenda - haha! I'm telling ya, it just actually blew in over night here. It's chilly and now the leaves are rolling across the lawn, the sky is cloudy, and people are closing out their gardens. Sadly, my wife and I pulled the last of everything in our garden yesterday. Few more canning ventures—some V8 juice maybe and some dill pickle relish—and then we are ready to settle in for the winter. ;)

Thanks for reading, Brenda, and have a great day!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

John - as always, thanks for reading, my friend. And yes, that's a wonderful thought, too, that we can and should make a positive impact, as positive as we possibly can, before moving on ourselves. Would that it were more generally so, eh? Well, enjoy your summer, John, and fall will be just around the corner, as it were.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

Thank you, Linda, for the great comment. That irony about the leaves struck me yesterday when I was standing up close, face-to-face with those beautiful leaves that were just about to fall off that tree. They gave their all and then went out with a pretty splash of color. Super cool! Anyway, have a great week, Linda, and thanks for reading. It's good to hear from you again.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

Thanks, Ms. Dora, fall is also my favorite. I know it would be different if it was, but I always long for it to last just wee bit longer. But like anything that is too much of a good thing, then it wouldn't be the same, now would it? Anyway, hope you have a blessed day and I thank you for stopping by. Be well.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

Peggy - yes, I lived in Tejas for a few years, too, and I know the cycling weather is much better down there this time of year. My wife has relatives in Wisconsin and I used to live in the U.P. of Michigan, so I also know firsthand about the beauty of that area. Gorgeous this time of year! Enjoy your autumn, too, Peggy, and thanks again.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 06, 2021:

Hi Pamela - it’s a bit different, the football weather up here and the football weather down there. But fall is still a lovely, much cooler period, no matter where you are here in the IS. We are blessed with some gorgeous scenery this time of year…just before the curse of the snow settles upon us. ;) Truthfully, though, as dry as it was this summer I’m hoping we get steady (not massive) snows this winter. Be well and have a great week, Pamela.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 05, 2021:

Bite your tongue. Frost in the next few days...oh no!

Not ready for that yet.

Nice article on that Autumn season upon us.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 05, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your rumination, Greg. Autumn is such a lovely season, and you seem to get a more spectacular show there in the changing leaf colours than we do here. I actually think I prefer Autumn to Spring because it promises a cooler change from the hot Summer we have just endured.

People need to be like leaves and try to make as big a positive impact as they can before they expire. Nice job.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 05, 2021:

The idea of leaves being dead but becoming more beautiful than when they were alive is a lovely one. Thank you for sharing your rumination, Greg.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 05, 2021:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about autumn. It's my favorite season, and like you, I really enjoy the brilliance of the colors. Good read.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2021:

I love that colorful season of year, but as Pamela wrote, the spectacular show is generally north of where we live. We have a few trees that have colorful fall leaves, but nothing like when we lived in Wisconsin. Enjoy this fall season!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 05, 2021:

Your rumination on autumn were interesting to read, Greg. This is my favorite time of the year, but I have to travel north to see most of the beauty,

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 05, 2021:

Bill - thanks so much, brother. Yes, I, too, catch myself complaining when it's raining even though it's been the driest year anyone can remember. I guess it's what we do. Anyway, thanks for the words on both fronts. I do appreciate it greatly. Hope you know that.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 05, 2021:

Great ruminations, my friend. I love this time of year. Of course, I caught myself complaining the other day when a sudden shower caught me and my dog out in the open, but some people you can never totally please. lol Our mutual friend seems to be doing well on her personal journey; tough times and good times, it's all natural and to be expected. Anyway, I hope this finds you well. Have a superb Tuesday.

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