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The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.”

And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.

We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.

And yet there is someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

-Rainer Maria Wilke  (translation by Robert Bly)

This most glorious time of the year has found the three of us planting tulips, a dogwood tree and brand new grass in our backyard as we delay our gratification for springtime beauty. I’m all about the passing of time and the changing of seasons, and so for me to cover those bulbs with dirt, knowing that deep inside lurks my very favorite flower, was as magical as the blooming of our Autumn Joy succulent that we brought from my parents’ Kansas yard back in May. As far as instant gratifcation goes, there have been many morning and evening fires, progress on Huck’s costume, pumpkin picking, and even glow-in-the-dark bocce ball & checkers around a fire pit. And like most of you, we’ve tried to reject the political hatred that our country is spewing in favor of loving kindness, walking the dog, avoiding Facebook rants, volunteering, planting things, practicing the piano, doing sun salutations and saying some prayers. I wonder what God does with all the opposing desires being begged of him these days? Huck says maybe it’s like a vote, that the prayer themes of the majority are the ones that are heard. Hurry, everyone.  Pray for more autumn joy and tulips to fill this heavy earth!


Pappy T

October 24th, 2016

This post is beautiful!
Like this season.

Thank you,
Thank you,
Thank you.


October 24th, 2016

Oh what a wonderful post! Fall, we love you so! XOXO


October 24th, 2016

Most gorgeous thing I have read in a long time. Love love love this. We are praying up here in CT for the same things.

Aunt Jeni

October 24th, 2016

What a glorious blog post! Love you Sissy!

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