Updated: Oct 27, 2022
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