Note from Elise: Occasionally I invite guests to post their thoughts for you. I think you’ll enjoy their ideas and unique voices. At the end of each post, you can read a brief bio about the guest author. Enjoy!
Thoughts have scattered with wind;
ideas washed by autumn rain.
Nothing remains but chill in the air;
a temporary lingering of honest despair.
Tis a season to feel. Forget the mind-
numbing chaos entering from ten
thousand directions. Disregard
trouble: shoot it to the harvest moon.
Let go of awkward, overwhelming
ruminating thoughts, systematically
straining the brain, causing strife,
a lusterless life, lacking loving, living,
leading you into darkness of
shortening days. Stop thinking.
Just listen. Listen to the rain.
Listen to the wind snapping twigs
and branches as leaves flutter
in masses to the ground.
Let the cold crispness sink into
your skin, bringing the elements
of nature into your heart, your soul,
your core. Let the leaves fall
and the flowers die, watching them
with a mournful but hopeful eye.
Tis a season to feel. Feel the
warmth of fire, a coat, desire.
Build the flames ever higher as
winter swings in with a song.
Dan Erickson is a writer and teacher. He’s currently working on his second book ‘At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy’ which intentionally looks at the concepts of justice, mercy, and mental illness. danerickson.net – intentional rhythm: is a site dedicated to offering help, inspiration and gentle reminders to write with intention and purpose.