of grasses and gold….

The green and grassy fields are browning,
summer’s wild things bursting into seed
and I walk among them now and listen,
the whispering places,
all breezy and waving and whooshing
as Autumn sings her brave songs.

about how there is grace in endings
a re-set to rest,
a keeping sails set
and waiting for  winds
that will come
to work their  mystery

and somehow they know
there  are  seeds of life
in letting go
and I stop and let Autumn brush
her golden wisdom
over the clay of me.
because I want to be,

a friend of her unworried ways
and un-driven days
and give her  plenty of space
inside this soul of mine
and so I lean in close
to feel what she knows

and off roll some fears
I’ve been keeping
and my care-worn shoulders go calm
and dread slides slowly
into dry grass
and  gold.

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and also with wonderful Emily
at Imperfect Prose


  1. Ivanhoe on October 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I used to favor spring. The fall is growing on me lately 🙂 Must be the colors! Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. Judy Hartman on October 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Wonderful, Jennifer. I have friends who say Autumn makes them sad, but I have always found it exciting! Although I know that winter will follow, I’m just as certain that spring will follow that. The cycle is so beautiful!
    Your words and artwork, as always, are inspiring. “I stop and let Autumn brush her golden wisdom over the clay of me…” – beautiful! So glad I discovered you and your blog!

  3. Nikki (ButterflyRose Designs) on October 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love those beautiful autumn colours and your art.

  4. Andrea on October 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Beautiful poem and artwork. Thanks for visting and brightening my day!

  5. Debbie on October 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm


  6. Rainfield (雨田) on October 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

    seeds of life hide in the seasons.

    A child in you sees these.

  7. Lindsay on October 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I feel like you have touched me with a
    golden breeze. So soothing.
    And your artwork always make me smile. 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Kathy on October 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I love that: I will not live afraid. I journaled about wanting to be more fearless! Your words are so poetic and filled with beauty, but also so very real and true and wise, Jennifer. You use the gift of prose and poetry so well, you never cease to amaze me…and inspire me…and help me to feel hugged. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you. K

  9. Bren on October 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

    As always your posts strike a cord with me, I’m right there with you, keeping fear at bay and finding the peace in all that surrounds me. Another wonderful post, and aI love the leaf art 🙂

  10. Nancy on October 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Love your art and the way you think.

    Thanks so much for sharing at YSB and it’s a pleasure to meet you, Jennifer. xo

  11. S. Etole on October 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    “I will not live afraid” … such an important decision to make on an almost daily basis it seems. Your words carry autumn’s treasures well.

  12. leslie on October 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    loving your glimpses of autumn here… as well as your encouragement “not to live afraid.”

  13. rachel awes on October 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    i will not live afraid ART. melt!!!!!
    + loving what you are painting as you intertwine
    your makings into the golden places.
    tremendous fall love to you xoxox

  14. Buttercup on October 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What beautiful pictures and thoughts. So glad to have found you in Blogland. Wishes for a great week!

  15. Jennifer {StudioJRU} on October 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    What a beautiful post! The colors are amazing. I love the leaf print!!

  16. Barbara on October 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful words. Just what I needed to hear right now!

  17. Maggie Mallard on October 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    If only I could put into words how much your writing and art mean to me. You a true blessing in my life.
    This is so beautiful about the season and I love it and you

  18. Lynn on October 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I love the golden of fall. It is so often overlooked by the many other color splendors. Something about the golden is settling and comforting. This is a lovely post. Love the feelings you shared of trusting fall to know. Made me feel safe.

  19. Beyond Zephyr on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful photos of nature, and art works..the colors are gorgeous!

  20. JBR on October 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Feel right at home when I come to your blog my dear. Hugs.

  21. CameraCruise on October 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Great post!
    Beautiful photos and words.
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. missing moments on October 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Beautiful fall colors!

  23. ND Mitchell on October 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Love the lines about how Autumn brushes off wisdom and sends fears away. I needed to hear this. Thanks.

  24. Marlo on October 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    ahh, fall! Thanks for sharing at Your Sunday Best.

  25. kathyrn on October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    i think this is definitely one of my very favorite poems of yours…love how it comes back around. just beautifully said!!

  26. Relyn on October 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I love the way that we tumble in and out of eachother’s blogs and thoughts. Love it.

  27. Behind The Smile on October 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    “I will not live afraid” and “letting go” this is what particularly resonated with my heart as I read your post. Thank you so much. Blessings.

  28. valerie on October 12, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I want to join you and share Autumn’s unworried days…This is such a beautiful perfect walk among Summer’s wild seeds…Love the peaceful wisdom you’re sharing here! 🙂

  29. Old Ollie on October 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I dig your autumn poem – a never live in fear – indeed.

  30. jeanie on October 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I will not live afraid. I should print that motto out and post it everywhere. This week I have been living afraid and it is agonizing. But getting better. How could one not with those beautiful images you share.

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