Sep 30, 2012

Farewell September

Photo by Jon Sullivan - Creative Commons

"I am renewed by death, thought of my death,
The dry scent of a dying garden in September,
The wind fanning the ash of a low fire.
What I love is near at hand,
Always, in earth and air."  
The Far Field by Theodore Roethke

We have sent out September with a bonfire at the lake.  Friends with drum and crystal bowls played the Harvest Moon up over the mountain while the coyotes called back and forth across the vineyards and orchards upon the hills.  The ducks moved in and out of our circle, muttering because we had not brought them bread.  We had brought food for the fire though.  Good wood and herbal offerings.  There were apples, straight from the tree, passed around.  And marshmallows, of course.

Petitions were burned.  Notes to spirit, letters of release.

It was a lovely way to see September end.  As I wait up for October, I am thankful.  For the beauty and the bounty.  For the heat that stayed long and the gardens that gave much.   For the golden light and the cooler evenings.

September really is the very best prequel to Autumn.

I hope this month has been generous to you!


Willow said...

I wished I could have joined you. A beautiful way to see September off.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i am so enjoying fall that i feel like i could go out and roll on the lawn each morning!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm a little jealous, but very happy for you ;-)

mxtodis123 said...

What a lovely way to say good bye to September. Ah, to be a country girl again.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hear that one of my Drumming Circle sisters met you at the Wise Woman Gathering -- small world! Sounds like it was a wonderful time, as it always is. Perhaps some day I'll be able to make it there myself!

Jeanne said...

A lovely time and joyous way to say adieu to September.
Beautiful photo. Such a gorgeous red. :0)

Birgit said...

Oh, that bonfire sounds great... At times I wish I lived a wee bit closer. You always seem to have so much fun with things like that.

Free2bfree said...

A perfect ending to September! Ahhhhh.........
(With a little giggle about the ducks!)