Birthday Thoughts in the Woods in October

Photo of a trail through the woods in the fall.
[Image Description: A photo taken in the woods of a trail in the foreground that curves back between beech trees with green leaves and other trees with orange, yellow, and red autumn leaves with sunlight illuminating the scene from behind.]

All I want today is
time to stand,
awestruck,
watching canopy unravel,
flakes of gold
turning to ordinary leaves
then back
to golden shimmers
falling through sunlight.

Time to appreciate
Beech leaves,
sunkissed,
clinging to chlorophyll
long after
sassafras and maple
colorfully carpet
forest floor.

More than anything
I need time unhurried
to untangle
and enable myself,
to wander out
and return by the same path
just to see the light
both ways.

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