It’s Halloween night. In a few hours, Daylight Savings Time ends and Autumn drifts more quickly towards late Fall. Leaves that just last week were peaking in glorious color have now mostly fallen, leaving trees bare. And if the wind doesn’t blow them down the hill and off your lawn soon, you’ll need to go out there and rake them up in the morning!
While the world around us is going through its seasonal changes, this time of year can sometimes be a bit melancholy—summer has clearly ended, leaves on trees are mostly gone, the weather is colder and wetter, you need a sweater when you leave the house, and winter is not too far behind. But, Fall can also be a colorful opportunity for peaceful reflection, long invigorating walks, breathing in deep the smell of crisp clean air and listening gladly to the memorable sound of crunching leaves underfoot.
Syracuse poet, Amy Nicholson, contributed this skillfully written adieu to a blessedly gorgeous October in 2010:
Round apples, red leaves Snowflakes on jack-o-lanterns Fade to November
Frequent Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Rosalyn Carroll, (Manlius NY) deftly describes in her 2012 haiku, a carefree, joyful moment that can only happen in late Autumn:
As I run through it, a blanket of red, gold leaves dances behind me
Another of our favorite posters which beautifully captures Autumn’s peaceful essence was created for the 2007 Syracuse Poster Project year. It was written by frequent Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Claire Bobrycki (Syracuse) and illustrated by former Syracuse University Illustration student Lucas Slominski, now an artist for ZeniMax Online Studios in Maryland.
In 2008, Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, William Padgett, (Woodstock NY) wrote this vivid poem, beautifully echoing Autumn’s last hurrah:
Crisp autumn sunshine Shadows stretch while dry leaves dance Warm scarf pulled tightly
So, don’t forget to set your clock and ‘fall back’ til Spring, put away those Halloween treats, get your sweater on and rake up those leaves!