A Wider Horizon



October is the fallen leaf,
but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen.
It is the distant hills once more in sight,
and the enduring constellations above them once again.
~ Hal Borland

I bid October good-bye reluctantly
to face forward into the November darkening .
Morning and evening chores with flashlight in hand,
I follow its bouncing beam down slick farm paths,
merging with surrounding shadow.

Summer is mere memory now;
all color drained from
leaves fallen, dissolving
in frost and rain.

When the light rises on the hills,
I feel a veil lift enough
that I am able to see
so far beyond my reach.
The horizon extends on and on forever
and I will endure another winter.




3 thoughts on “A Wider Horizon

  1. Yes, we must endure another Winter, but that inself has its own unique beauty. We abide the seeming barren landscape and harshness of unforgiving, endless coldness knowing that underneath it all a feast is being prepared for us in just a few short months….a feast of rebirth, newness, continuity…all this a portent of the joy that awaits us when we re-unite with our Creator God for all eternity.


  2. I found your blog recently via Lindsey Mead, and I just want to tell you how much I love your photos of a land that is so special to me. I grew up in Seattle, but my extended family lived in Bellingham. I now live near Portland, so I rarely drive through the Skagit valley any more–it’s just too far and my teens are too busy and most of my family has scattered or passed away. Something about this post–both the words and the images–touches a place deep inside me. November and December were the months of journeys to my grandparents’ houses. So, the November darkening was a time of light. Perhaps that is why I welcome this coming time of year. Thank you for the bittersweet reminder of so much on this dark, rainy November morning.


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