Saturday, October 1, 2022

Poem: Autumn Dance

Autumn Dance

Chilled breezes, like icy satin, awaken me from the vagaries,

That muddle one’s thoughts as sleep approaches.

Pungent aroma of smoky air drifting across sills, startles.

Zephyrs, wailing from the north, greet restless, rustling, leaf-maidens,

Who pirouette, in bejeweled dresses of ochre, rose, gold,

In their nocturnal rite of dance.

They whisper of mysteries to come, one, to the other, to the other,

While I listen, lulled, eavesdropping,

Watching southward heading birds trail black shadows, like ribbons,

Across a new Harvest Moon, blazing in the obsidian night.

All about is a sense of change, as daylight recedes earlier, earlier,

In obeisance to ancient rule.

Lighting candles, fireplace, and donning a soft gown,

I listen to the stirring music.

Slowly, I take my place in the primal movement.

With slippered feet soon retreating under a blanket of billowing down,

I harken in delight to the haunting melody of wild wind-flutes.

In reverie, wandering freely through time and place,

I step into a dream, a mystical, unfettered, autumnal dream,

And once again, in the freedom of nature and spirit,

I dance.

Image: Fall in the Adirondacks. Wikimedia Commons photo.

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Annette Pisano-Higley is a Registered Nurse living in both Albany and Florida. She is a published song-lyricist and published a book of her original Adirondack poetry, with photography by her husband Walter Higley, Adirondack Echoes, available on Amazon.com. Annette’s book was inspired by their idyllic summers at the beloved family Camp on Limekiln Lake, Inlet, in the beautiful New York State Adirondack Park.


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4 Responses

  1. ADKresident says:

    In our current culture where the majority of words written now are motivated by fault-finding, criticisms, the pointing of the finger, self- exaltation and downright nastiness towards others whom they don’t even know, it’s always refreshing and uplifting to read words used with the opposite intent. 🍁
    Thank you, Annette, for taking the time to craft words that break up the dark clouds in the airwaves that, unfortunately, too many are now addicted to and accepting as the norm and creating small breaths of fresh air for us to read~ Much appreciated! 🌤

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Hello ADKresident. Your amazingly generous and positive words and message absolutely made my day. Thank you so much for them. I am so glad that my poems touch and uplift you in the midst of all the negativity in the media and world. That means so much to me. Be well.

      • ADKresident says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂 Since there’s no like or heart icon on WordPess replies, I wanted you to know the time you invest in creating & sharing your poems are worth it and valued!

        • Annette Pisano Higley says:

          Many, many, many thanks again! Your kind and encouraging words truly touch my heart and bring a huge smile. Words like yours affirm me and keep me writing. God bless.😉

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