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Fall’s Sabbath Song

Snow flurries and seasonal temperatures could arrive next week. Even today, we are about 50 C above seasonal. Fall is a wonderful time with colours changing and signaling nature’s dormancy, a time of rest.

As I walked the river valley, I noticed the smell of decay. It was rich and hastened in the unusual warmth of September, but with shortened days the dampness of dew stayed as well.

I walk slowly

Absorb the valley

It touches me in many ways.

Swaths of colour

Deftly applied

By unseen master artist.

Pungent decay

Fills the air

Feeds the soil.

Leaves gently descend

Listen close

A mere whisper.

Nature’s dormancy too quietly descends

A rest time

Prepare for the next planting.


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

19 responses »

  1. Marvelous, simply marvelous Ivon! You take me to yesteryear’s sweet Caribbean dusk in the Christmas season! I love the cold, crisp air and it’s magic. Looking toward to a fall weather experience in the newness of a temperate state in my not-too-distant future. Beautiful poem indeed! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. The cycle continues… how lovely to watch its passing, in annual progression.

  3. This is so lovely Ivon! I can feel your love of Autumn in your words. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts.

  4. My favourite season, the colours, smells, the gentle nostalgia, thank you Ivon…

  5. I wonderful ode to my favourite season.

  6. I loved this poem Ivon – and the title ‘Fall’s Sabbath Song’ – a perfect beginning..

  7. Took me right into the forest-great poem!

  8. You communicated every sense beautifully…

  9. Beautiful. How lucky to experience the wonders of fall.

  10. a true deep inspiration sweetened with a kiss of nature


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