Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autumn Gatherings: A Story

multitudes of forever 

they gathered at the portal. 
they had no choice.  to find 
shelter was a prayer they had 
been taught from birth.  

despite all the wind, rain, and 
burning sun that their glorious 
family tree had nurtured and 
endured, there had been no 
rehearsal for the great falling; 
and the falling itself was sudden 
and by design. 

now at the door to the family tree, 
through darkness they gathered 
their crumbling vessels of life 
and poured out their sorrows 
as ransom for shelter. 

but wind has its own agenda. 
it carries with it the dreams of 
every living and dying creature 
in its stream, and its agenda is to 
keep moving in every direction; 
to suffer the fears and dreams 
of every life 
passing season. 

Poem © 2011 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo© 2011 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo taken by R. Baker at Powder Mill Park, Rochester, NY October 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Rick, yet another beautiful autumn photo. The beautiful tree is preparing for one more season. Perhaps tomorrow I'll take some photos of the last of the big pine trees before they come tumbling down, never to experience another season. Sad.