Thursday, November 5, 2009

" The Autumn Of Her Life " by Diana




The wind was cold and dry as it brushed against her cheeks .
And even though she quickly felt the shiver of the wind flow over and around her skin,
It felt wonderful . It felt refreshing .
It made her feel alive .

The moon hung low in the sky,

glowing in beautiful warm shades of amber.






It was the harvest moon .
To her , it was the most splendid moon of the year .

She closed her eyes beneath the moonbeams
and she could hear the yellow, orange a
nd red leaves
rustling past her silhouette.







One or two of the dried leaves touched her skin as she took
a very deep breath .

She imagined what the warm flames of the wood fire looked like
that someone unknown to her had lit in their fireplace.

That inviting scent mixed with the smoky scent of burning leaves
lingering in the air , filled her lungs and brought a smile to her face.






And while all of this was a special treat to her senses, she was getting colder now and realized that she would soon have to go back inside.

These magical days of this season were fleeting now
as were the magical years of her life .

The days grew shorter as did the yea
rs.

Yes she was getting colder now as well as older.
It was time to come in out of the chill to warm her body .

But her mind would always remain warm filled with the thoughts
and feelings of this beautiful season
and this beautiful life.



46 comments:

Linda Higgins said...

WOW that is so beautiful! It gave me chills. You wrote this about yourself didn't you? I wish I had written it. The pictures are amazing as well. Hmm girlfriend (ERMA) there is a serious side you as well huh....loved it
miles of smiles....

Dr.John said...

It was indeed very beautiful.
Peace be with you.

Donna's Book Nook said...

What a beautiful post and beautiful pictures. You could write nature books and use your pics and your prose. I loved this. Donna

Rebecca said...

Your beautiful post reminds me, "Never judge a book by its cover."

And that is something that I tend to do, too. When I go to the library, the style of print or design of the cover attracts me. I've made many choices that way.

YOUR "book" has a new "cover". And I enjoyed the style! Do it again soon.

Did you write this up in your apartment per all the advise of previous day???

Wanda said...

I'm smiling because it is so beautiful Diana, but at the same time there's a sadness that the words evoke...a very moving piece Diana! It made me take a deep breath!

Luv and Smiles,
Wanda

Diana said...

Hi Linda,
Yes I wrote this about myself. The autumn weather, sick or not has always inspired me in some way or another. Thank you Linda.
Love Di

Diana said...

And also with you, Dr. John.
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Donna,
Thank you for your sweet words. If I ever write a book I will let you know first!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Rebecca,
Actually the thought of this entered my mind as I was walking my pug,Ruby.
She likes to take her time! Then I came inside and picked it up from there.
And remember that man (and woman) was created in Gods image. And we know that he certainly wasn't one sided!
This woman just rarely has time to change her own cover! Thank you Rebecca for recognizing that I am more than just Mom and wife!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Wanda,
It was meant to be a little sad. When we realize that we have lived more years than we have left to live, it is a little sad. But also beautiful when we learn how to stop living in the past,enjoy the present and look forward to the winter. I am glad that you liked it, thank you.
Love Di

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
I love this post, so beautifully & thoughtfully composed ...
the change of seasons is always so moving for me too...
As winter approaches, I think of the trees just outside my windows...
They so 'bravely' face the winter winds, ice and snow...
Deep in their branches is the life that brings spring...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts ~ inspiring our own ~
~a happy weekend to you, Diana~
Maria

Diana said...

Hi Maria,
I am so glad that you enjoyed this. Autumn has always been my favorite season although I love them all. Winter is my second favorite. I think most people think that strange.
Thank you Maria!
Love Di

Terrie said...

Di, this was beautiful. As I was reading it,although I knew it was about you, I was picturing myself in the scene of this book and anxious to see where it takes me next. Oh how I wish I had a fireplace to cozy up to, to read more of my favorite stories.

Loves
Terrie

Gail said...

HI DIANA-

This is a beautiful post you have written - I have chills from the images and scents your words have created. You are a gifted writer my frien, a gifted writer indeed.

Love and admiration
Gail
peace.....

Diana said...

Hi Terrie,
Thank you Terrie, it means a lot to me that you enjoyed this. I somehow feel that you know what I was saying.
I wish that we could sit by a fire together and talk and have some laughs! Love Di

Diana said...

Thank you Gail, I don't know how good it is but I know I love doing it! You are too kind, but I love you anyway! Love Di

Bernie said...

Di, you never cease to amaze me. This is beautiful.....oh but you must write more of these, I loved it....luv you.....:-) Hugs

Diana said...

Hi Bernie,
You did get the part where I was imagining the wood fire that someone unknown to me had lit, didn't you?

If not I bet you get it now! Thank you Bernie.
Love Di

Eileen said...

Oh, Di, what a beautiful gift you have shared with us!
I really love this, and I really love seeing the many faces of Diana!
You evoke such feelings with your words, whether they are humorous or serious, they are always heartfelt.
You really do have a gift, and I really do so appreciate that you share that gift and I do appreciate being one of the recipients! God Is Good to us in many ways and you are one of my Blessings!
Love and Prayers,
Eileen

Anvilcloud said...

Yes, I suppose that a lot of us have entered autumn, but at least it's not winter yet. Well done.

Diana said...

Hi Eileen,
I am the fortunate one to have met all of my blogger friends. All if you inspire me everyday by reading about the trials and tribulations of
life. You are awesome Eileen and I look forward reading about you and your beautiful family everyday.
Thank you for all of your encouragement.
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi AC,
Thank you and sometimes I do look forward to winter. Although so far Autumn has been my favorite!
Love Di

Lisa said...

Ooooohhhhh, ==sigh== beautiful, beautiful, beautiful... What a sweet gentle start for my November morning. (Another Autumn of Life Girl)

Teresa said...

Hi Di,
You are a gifted writer! I loved every word, and I could feel your emotion and acceptance. Sweet surrender...the Autumn of our lives can be beautiful too!((((HUGS)))) T

Ginnie said...

A beautiful reminder of the power of memories. Thanks.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

So wonderful, I was there as you wrote this. It brought back so many wonderful memories of my own life as well.

Thank you for Sharing.

Diana said...

Hi Lisa,
Yes the Autumn can be the most beautiful , so far , don't you think?
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Teresa!
Wishing we could spend some fun days together!You with your 20 and me with my 10! We could have coffee at Tim's and talk about the seasons!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Ginnie,
I am so glad that you enjoyed!
Thank you. Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Bill,
Thanks for reading! Is it just me or does this time of year make others reflect as well?
Love Di

Teacher's Pet said...

Hi Diana...I scrolled a long way to get here...but it was worth the scroll. Your words are beautiful.
As I read them, I felt a sadness come over me, though...and I hope that you don't think that you ever have to 'go inside' ... I hope that you will always be able to feel those same feelings...no matter what time of your life it is. You have so much to offer...you lift me up every day, my friend...you do. You have a gift for words...and this writing shows that...as do all the writings on your blog. This one is different...another part of Di...and I love each part....the working Mom...loving wife...and the woman who enjoys the pleasures of life not matter what obstacles are thrown in her way. You are an amazing lady, Di...and I hope that all your seasons can and will be ones that make you happy. Keep your chin up...and that smile going, my friend. I hug you...and am thinking of you with love.
Jackie (still in North Carolina.)

Jerelene said...

Wow Diana! This was very deep...pretty too...I loved the pictures you put with it too! :)
I do hope you are feeling better..Did they check Katie for Mono? Praying for lots of healing at your house :)
Lovely post...A different side to Diana :) and I loved it!!
Love you...Jerelene

Diana said...

Hi Jackie,
I am happy that you were able to enjoy the chill for a bit. It is very invigorating!
I do get down occasionally Jackie, but for the most part I have always been an optimistic person. My husband on the other hand is the opposite,which can drive me crazy at times but he makes up for it with his sense of humor.
I always TRY to look up and forward. It is the best direction to go, don't ya think?
Love Ya Girlfriend, Di

Diana said...

Hi Jerelene,
Katie is so much better now. You came back to her normal teenage self last night and has bee fine ever since. It was strep that she had and me too. And at the moment I am feeling better too. I am hoping that tomorrow will be even better.
I am very happy that you liked my little poem. And I do hope that you start feeling better soon. I copy and pasted your post and sent it to Bernie. She was concerned about you and hopes that things start to turn around for you soon. Take care of yourself Jerelene, Sam needs a healthy mom.
Love You, Di

Being Pramoda... said...

after reading this, i dont have any thing in mind except ur narration and the beauty of the pictures...especially the first one..loved it dear..:)

Have a nice time..:)

Diana said...

Hello Prams,
Thank you for letting my words take you away if only for a minute.
Love Di

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Wow, Diana!!! I can't believe how similarly our minds run!!!! You are truly a soul sister!!! I just posted a piece of writing about Autumn as an analogy for midlife today!!! I LOVE YOU!!! This was simply beautiful, Di! You truly have a gift! Love to you...praying for you all! You are much in my thoughts! ~Janine XO

Barb said...

Hi Di, A little late visiting you - I hope you and the Family are all on the mend. What a lovely, calming post! I do hope you are resting - illness tells us we need to take a break!

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Diana~ An amazing post! Just your beautiful photos alone evoke feelings first of golden autumn joy and then of regret as we go into monochromatic winter. And then to read your prose that matched the photos and gave hope and light was so warmhearted. (And how did you get the roaring fire in the fireplace at the same level as the falling leaf?) Thank you for the gentle beauty.

Diana said...

Hi Janine,
I did notice the similarity in our posts! It seems that autumn brings about many different emotions for all of us in blogland! That you for your kind words Janine. They are always special coming from you!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Barb,
Katie's better, I'm almost better and Jake is somewhat better! We are all trying. I am praying that next week we'll all feel better. I hope you are doing good as well. Thanks for popping over and coming in out of the snow for awhile!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Margaret,
Thank you for visiting Margret. I just popped over to your blog. I loved it, very beautiful! I appreciate your nice words about my poem. And the fireplace was there before the leaf. It just happened that way. I didn't even notice until you mentioned it!
Love Di

Tranquility Speaks said...

This was such a moving peace Diana! Haven't seen you write like this before :-) The body does grow feeble with age, but the thoughts and specially the feelings remain crystal clear. How beautifully captured :)

Teacher's Pet said...

Di..It's Tuesday night. I came back to read your reader's comments. I love to do that..and I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. Have a restful evening my friend.
Jackie

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just checked back to see what wonderful posts you might have made since my last visit...but you are not "home"...hope you are well!!! Have been praying for you all!!! Love you~Janine XO

Eileen said...

Hey, Di, just dropping by to say 'hi'! Thanks for visiting and commenting, but I'm missing your posting!
Although this one is worth reading again! I really did love it so much. And the beautiful pictures that go with it.

I'm busy this week trying to set up posts for the next few weeks because I think I'll be too busy to upload pictures (it's so time-consuming!), I'm quitting now. Ray and I want to try and clean out the basement this weekend and make a play room for Jayden and FINALLY move all these toys downstairs to give us a little breathing room! I'm not having Thanksgiving but we'll be doing Christmas so it will be nice to have some room to put people! Spring and Summer are so much easier for entertaining with the sun porch and the deck outside! Oh well, we all have fun anyway, whether we're spread out or on top of each other. It's just a little easier to entertain and work if you have a little elbow room.

'Hope all is well.
'Think of you often.
Love to you,
Eileen