A Time for New Roads


There is an appointed time for everything,

and a time for every affair under the heavens.

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.   ~  Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 5

          September closes her petals tonight. She has lived her month heroically, going from one difficult day to the next. She will soon draw her last breath for the year, before sinking into grateful slumber.

          Before another year comes.

          This will be a September I will always remember, marked in the way July is, yet differently. A very difficult and stressful September, yet dimpled so beautifully with pretty joys and warm loves. Autumn has come to many of those dear to me. As the leaves sweeten into their farewell hues, many have begun preparing for the coming winter. Putting away things of summer and pulling out winter wears and supplies. Saying goodbye to one season and welcoming the next.

A time for every affair under the heavens

          October pearls open tomorrow, but for now, I have these final hours of September, going gently to her deserved rest. Many things crowd our doorway. For once, I do not get fussy and set about clearing them away for they will soon be gone. When October morning raises its eyes to the awakening sun tomorrow, our lives will forever change in the way it has changed for so many families. We will weather it, as we have so many other shifts. There will be happy days, and days when even the softest rain must fall, for life must sing different notes for it to mean something.

          It is night, when after small chores, I slip away into the embrace of my garden. So much has happened this September, and more will come for sure, but for now, all I wanted was some still minutes to gather up the thoughts which needed keeping, and to release the ones that were ready to go. I sat in my old chair by the flowers’ edge and looked up at the dark night sky, so oddly visible now after the big trees in our garden had endured a great pruning. This had been another great change for us. To see huge portions of branches so familiar to us now cut away to make way for new life. Not pleasant but necessary.

… the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, My beloved, My beautiful one,
and come!   ~   Song of Songs 2: 11 – 13

           Above me, the grey~white clouds gather in huge swathes and puffs, in silent trysts, yielding me no account of their words. Even the moon and stars are unseen, busy in their chambers. It is night, yet even the heavens are about their business.

          I can feel a storm is building. The air is humid and quietly restless. Soon, it is time to get up and go back inside. We still have some ways to go before we are done for the night. I make my way past the marigold bushes and vines of old-fashioned roses pressing their kisses towards the old house. My beloved zinnias lean towards me as I pass them, even in the night smiling their love into my heart.

All will be well

          Softly, gently, sweetly, September leads us to roads not travelled yet.

          Then, she slips back to her Maker.


  1. You have written this post so beautifully. I feel like I have had a tour of your garden and seen your roses. Your beautiful spirit shines through in your words. Thank you. Like a portrait pressed to my heart, I will remember the vision of your September garden. And when winter has come, I will remember it still. Once again, the roses will bloom.

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  2. This post is pure poetry – a modern version of a haibun! It seemed to float gently before my eyes like a feather settling after a flurry of flight. September was hard but as you so well said, a blessing too.

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    1. Had to grin at this. Didn’t write this post under the usual calm circumstances – so I am surprised at its effect. But perhaps I shouldn’t be. Someone was writing through me.
      Yes, September has been a good month. Tough but with many lessons for life. We go forward wiser, yet humbled.


  3. This was your most beautiful post yet! I don’t know the details of why September has been a time of such change, but you seem to accept it with an open heart and with trust that God is with you always and that you can trust his wisdom. And I think your poem speaks to many of us as we say goodby to September and accept the coming Winter, with all that it brings.

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    1. When I look up at the sky, the moon and the sun, I think of all of you, my friends in different lands, yet sharing the same moon and sun. I think of you and your doings, the last of summer, autumn bringing the quietening of winter. Somehow, I get the feeling it will be a different winter. Softer, more gentle. Coccooned in love.

      A winter sealed in the heart of God.

      I pray it will be so.


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