August 31, 2019






















It is the apex of summer. 

Trees celebrate.

The water is wide 

and even. 


Sailboats are in casual stride

up towards Isle Royale 

or across to the Apostles. 


It is a time of play,

of resurgence,

of deft companionship

and outrageous



But one day soon,



in the grass 

or in the

bevy of tree canopy,


a speckled leaf

will appear, 

orange and 




It will shout the coming

of autumn, the change in

character, the disruption

of joy and relaxed candor.


As suddenly,

life will become

more serious,

more deliberate,

more sober.


While not there yet,

the seasons will announce

a chilling amplitude.


Ducks foraging will be alerted 

to soon migration. Beavers

might pick up the pace.


Canoeists might guard what

little time they have left

in the border country, 

among the pines.


Life is altered.

With the coming of 

that single leaf,

we know our 


is changing.


We watch ever more deliberately

for life’s advantages, we wait

ever more aware of tomorrow’s



We grow mindful of the time,

keep watch over our anxiousness

and sorrow, while we yet celebrate 

this festival of emerging color.


Summer shapes itself 

into harvest-time. 


We accept its eternal pace,

step in line to its rhythm,

reluctant acceptance,

yet fearful of the disquiet 

one leaf can bring.


From the book "Nature's Poetry of Life:

Who's Watching Who?" Available at all

GM bookstores and on Amazon. Always 

a great seasonal gift or book for a rainy day.



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