September sunset….

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I live among the trees,
grand oaks and maples and sycamores and poplars
that gift us with their shade and rustle,
a rich sound-stage for songbirds and owls
and bands of other feathered musicians
who fill our days and nights with their achingly beautiful sounds.
I love our trees and they mostly love us back,
dropping the kindling for our fires
and painting our seasons with their poetry.

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But other than a wee sunny spot in front for growing things,
the sunset sky doesn’t find us here in our little home in the grove
and for many years I’ve bustled busy during that golden hour,
finishing my day work and beginning my evening chores
so I can steal away some time beneath the stars.

 My heart is calling me out this month,
beyond the trees,   where the sun sets brilliant
over fields and farms and parks and gardens
that I know and love by day.

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I’m making a gift to myself for September,
an hour each evening to chase the light,
free to watch and listen
and awe and click my camera unhurried,
to nuzzle my face into the last lingering glow
of the day.

Come pour yourself another cup
and let’s sit  together quiet,  wrapped in golden rays,
filling up on light.
I’ll meet you there:)

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Hope is no less realistic than despair.
It is still our choice whether to live in light
or lie down in darkness.”
-Rick Yancey

20 Comments

  1. Kimber Britner on September 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely! Makes me want to sit on the porch!

  2. Nancy on September 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Oh girlfriend, I would love to sit with you and listen as the day winds down and the night sounds start to chatter…Beautiful post….You are helping me to wind down at the end of the day instead of into the night…

  3. Wanda on September 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    What a lovely gift to give yourself Jennifer.

  4. Kathy on September 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Living in Light, we are! Beautiful, Jennifer. I would love to sit under the sunset and under the stars with you…with a glass of white wine. Peace and continued strength and Trust for you, kathy

  5. Suzanne McRae on September 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

    What a beautiful gift to yourself.

  6. Bren on September 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Chasing the ‘Golden Hour’ look forward to seeing more of those ‘golden moments’ you capture with your camera and pen

  7. Susan on September 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

    What a glorious thing to do. I think I’ll do it too, especially as the days are growing shorter and the light is more precious. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

  8. S. Etole on September 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Such a soft and gentle time of day. Blessings as you feel its embrace.

  9. jeanie on September 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Your September gift is indeed a wonderful one. I hope we’ll see more of what you see this month! Sending joy!

  10. Sue on September 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Oh, that late afternoon sun is fabulous! I especially love it when I’m at the beach but have not seen much of that this year. I will be there in the afternoon sun with you, with creative thoughts.

  11. Donna on September 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Fall is the perfect time to chase the light.

  12. Donna on September 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Fall is the perfect time to chase the light.

  13. Jema on September 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    My Friend! You were on my mind this morning and I thought…I need to “visit” her! So here I am taking in your beautiful words and photography. I think you need to make a coffee table book!

    I may be traveling your way this fall! If I do I would love to meet in person and have that cup with you 🙂

  14. Julia Bourque on September 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Jennifer, you make it all sound so peaceful. My life has been busy with chores and company this weekend and I have been a computer recluse. Sitting quietly with you as the day winds down sounds so nice. Hugs,
    Hugs,
    JB

  15. Judy Hartman on September 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Yes, some time for quiet and reflection, under a canopy of beautiful sunset, sounds like a rich and soul-enhancing experience each day. Makes me muse about doing the same on my porch which has a beautiful view of colorful skies in the early evening. You always have such a calming effect with your words, Jenn.

  16. Lindsay on September 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful challenge! I can’t wait to see what you have captured. 🙂
    I received the most beautiful mail art today (yours) and my heart is filled with joy! Thank you so much! I’ll hang it up my wall in my bedroom, so I can see it every day. <3
    Can you please send me an email with your address so I can send you a thank you card? I know it was written on the envelop but I have some difficulties with reading hand-writings in other languages… just want to be sure I didn't make any mistakes. 🙂

    Much love to you Jennifer!
    Lindsay 🙂

  17. kathryn on September 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    your photos are beautiful…catching the last of the sun rays too! we’ve been blessed this past week in southern cal with some spectacular skies at sunset!

  18. Susan on September 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I share your love of the trees and understand that need for the light, especially the evening setting sun. Enjoy your gift.

  19. Naomi on September 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I love seeing those flowers bathed in gentle light!

  20. Relyn on September 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I am reading your September adventures backward. And, you know what strikes me? The way you follow through. The profound way that you listen to your heart and then follow it. The gifts that result (and boy are there gifts) are not the point. The listening is.

    I love that about you.

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