MEDITATION OF THE DAY
The Seasons Are Signs of a Greater Change
Blossoms are born to lace and leave,
making way for strong greens
that give shade of themselves once again.
How long the days, and then
that first chill of breeze
and gold brushing the trees.
Even the proudest branch bends, bends
and must let go its yellows and reds.
We sigh in the crackling fall,
knowing death takes it all!
But was life made for this?
Winter bends as earth tilts its head.
And even time has its place,
where sun kisses the leaves and the lace.
And, yes, even the seasons at long last
will give way to a spring that won’t pass.
Paul Mariani and Rita A. Simmonds
Paul Mariani is an acclaimed poet, biographer, critic, essayist, memoirist, and teacher. Rita A. Simmonds (ritaasimmonds.com) is the author of a memoir and four books of poetry, her latest being “He Called” (Magnificat). [From an unpublished manuscript. Used with permission.]