fall

October 22nd, 2018

I had a long flight home last Monday. After landing at LAX I got a text from my husband saying there had been a bad windstorm while I was away. It had left the yard a wreck, the power out. So it goes with the Santa Ana winds, easterly gusts that whip up from the desert and mow their way to the coast. Hot and dry, Santa Anas ignite wildfires, allergies, insomnia, anxieties, anger and worse: conflagrations of the flesh and spirit.

Here, they mean days of hauling limbs and leaves from the ponds. The job, like the wind, is insistent. It must be done. And it gives gratifying results: stacks of tinder, mounds of muck. But as the surface of the water clears, it reveals the even uglier side of what’s beneath—the rot and sludge from years before. Things I never saw, work I never did.

“Isn’t it a shame that we have to go through this to see what a beautiful place this is,” a friend says while looking up. The wind has polished the sky into a perfect jewel glittering above the golden hills.

I’m not surprised by what falls to earth—it all falls—but by how much the world is made better for it.

This is the truth and a parable.

3 Comments »

  1. You can create beauty from muck and mud.

    Comment by Patti Zwick — October 22, 2018 @ 7:33 am

  2. Indeed, that’s what beauty is.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — October 22, 2018 @ 7:37 am

  3. I love the depth of this ‘Word Poem’ for one of our Four Seasona … my birth season ~ Thank You

    Comment by Mary Petro — October 25, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

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