Why is autumn so beautiful?

Updated: Oct 27

Poetry by Betsy von Atzigen

Image by Fredi Brunner



I murmured to myself

as I sat next to a stretched glass window,

watching yellowing leaves

dance to the swirling, swaying wind...


Why is autumn so beautiful?


Autumn mesmerises with its cooler,

crisp temperatures and a spectacular

yellow, orange, red, and browning foliage

inviting any age to spend time in nature.


What could autumn’s prize be?


Look! the aurora polaris

are all prepped and primed

to infatuate and enamour all

from far-flung and close at hand.


Where are autumn’s polar lights?


Marvel north at the aurora borealis,

gasp south at the aurora australis

performing adroitly, nimbly, phenomenally

at nature’s prized pageantry.


How do I chase ‘em?


Go! catch those vivid images of swirling

flames of greenish blue lights, moving, dancing,

astronomically drawing shafts of coloured lights

from a clear scandinavian sky evening.


And why is autumn so beautiful?


Awe-inspiring autumn takes us out

into nature, into ourselves,

allows scaling of life’s priorities afresh,

making time for things that matter, those we hold dear. bva


"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." - John Donne