“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ~J Rumi
In print, on nearly the last page of our local paper
a short piece about upcoming Winter Solstice;
an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day
and the longest night of the year.
Nearby leaves lying in transition
seem to know contentedly
this state of things & their place in the universe’ wonder.
Do they require awareness of the paper’s other pages
of bad news, sad news, outrage & despair?
They express understanding about
where they are, here & now.
That days are getting shorter & shorter
& it’s time to ready for winter
here in the Northern Hemisphere.
Bright greens transform into yellow and orange colors.
Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along.
The bright reds and purples seen in leaves are manifest mostly in the fall.
In some trees & vines, like maples & grapes,
sugar is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops.
Sunlight & cool nights of autumn
cause the leaves to turn sugar into radiant reds.
Decaying leaves express a simple truth
that darkness is a natural phase, to be embraced.
And that actively letting go
to future & past’s
fears, anger, despair & regrets,
offers a beautifully peaceful continuation
into all of our potential
for light & wisdom.
Calm breaths, gratitude for this gift of life,
peaceful actions of body, speech & mind
are like satiating foods
accentuating Vivaldi’s changing seasons.
As simple leaves, may we
be nourishing for descendants
in times of shorter nights.