Autumn Delivers

After a long delay, I was finally able to spend some time with my daughter, who lives 1,200 miles away. We shared many special moments during my nine-day stay, that ended yesterday on a chilly afternoon. Revisiting her hugs, laughs, and beautiful town, cannot come too soon. The following poem, “Autumn Delivers” is dedicated to her. 🍁🍂💕   

Autumn Delivers
Born during a season
when the heat rescinds
cascading and tumbling
surrendering and delivering
coolness and transition
an occasion to draw in
an occasion to reflect
autumn’s mood and palette
suits you, introspective one
more so than the unfettered months
that worship a spellbinding sun

Almost your fate
arriving on a premature date
when the searing sun’s intent
did dominate, wilt, and fade
within its overextended stretch
your protective life-container
your nourishing life-sustainer
was unable to escape the sun’s apex
under which she drew her first breath

You and I, temporarily one
not meant to both arrive
during the season of the sun
You and I, eager to be free
You and I, becoming one heartbeat
You and I, forced to retreat
You and I, delaying our first greet

Our stillness triumphant
postponing what could have been
a fragile arrival, a mismatched season
instead you inhaled the scent of autumn
you and she a perfect complement
Your eyes reveal her changing hues
Your voice blends with her gentle whispers
Your pace moves like her tumbling leaves
Your hands create like her vibrant displays
into her soft light you were meant to step
wrapped around you, she does protect

Until we embrace again –
the one layered with warm rays,
offering wisdom and sage,
will continue to love and pray
for the one delivered on
a golden autumn day

Last Saturday, at the start of my stay, I posted a piece about raising an artist, that included a photo of my daughter working on a painting. In this photo we are standing in front of her final polished product. 🌟

One more Calypso hug before I catch my flight. 🤗 Of course, my daughter and I shared a long hug before I boarded a plane. Flying has its challenges right now, further complicated by fires that have ravaged the Pacific Northwest, but I am so grateful to have finally made it to her gorgeous city, that is bursting with the colors, scents, and rhythm of autumn. 🍂 Fall wishes to you and yours. 💗 Michele

Photos 1, 3, & 5: U of O campus Photo 4: Eugene Masonic Cemetery

© 2020 Michele Lee Sefton

48 thoughts on “Autumn Delivers

  1. Vicki Parham

    This had me in tears.
    I think it is wonderful the relationship you have with your daughter. I am certain working closely collaborating has only strengthened your bond.
    Thank you for sharing this gift!

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  2. I’m so fortunate to have found you. What a beautiful site~amazing pictures and exquisite writing (you have such a beautiful and peaceful soul). Your trip to see your equally gifted daughter was such a blessing for you and to us through this poem. Blessings to you! 💚 Karla

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    1. Hello Karla, I am fortunate that you found my site as well. Your words are beautiful and uplifting.💐 Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to comment. I love your site name, “Flannel with Faith.” I will certainly look at your blog and please visit again. 😊

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  3. Michele, spending a few days together with your beautiful daughter in autumn is wonderful and peaceful. When thinking about autumn, everyone has colorful leaves in front of their eyes.
    The fall foliage is perhaps the most beautiful side that fall brings with it. There is almost nothing better than rustling your feet through the leaves and jumping into piles of leaves with a loved one!
    I wish you a happy time…
    Rosie from Germany 😍🙂🍁🍁🍂

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  4. This is a wondrously glorious tribute to your beautiful daughter. Such a loving and heartfelt piece almost like another birth separation!! Loved the beautiful metaphors and the comparison to autumn. Really great Michele!

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  5. you are beautiful and your writing reflects it. It is wonderful to share a moment or any amount in the presence of our kids. Especially, when the company is appreciated and puts a smile on their faces. Thank you for sharing this tribute in a form that I love…poetry!

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  8. You published this one two years ago. I was closer to e-meeting you then. How lovely this is!
    Born in a season when the heat rescinds
    — how lovely. I too have an October young man AND, as you already know from my October essays, I’m celebrating the whole month as my birthday month. So, I understand October. 😀
    It’s a lovely season to reflect.
    A lovely season of introspection: “autumn’s mood and palette” Yay!
    Loved where you said
    “instead you inhaled the scent of autumn”
    Hehe. This is glorious.
    Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to Sammi Lee. And to her mother too. Blessings. I wish you miracles.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this one, Selma. As I wrote, this poem is very special to me. A magical write – surrounded by those gorgeous trees and Sammi Lee. 💗 October is a wonderful time to reflect and celebrate. Wishing you and your young man a month of laughter, joy, and miracles (love that!). 🍂🍁🍂


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