by Peter Ulisse
This poem was first conceived in trying to fend off the fast approaching darkness of winter – and all that symbolizes. But then, almost despairing, I looked to the top of the trees reaching for the sun and was awakened to the reality of light and hope.
It’s just a matter of perspective for us humans. We can transform through our inner vision. I was inspired to finish the poem on hearing about the theme of Copper Beech Institute’s “Connecting to Your Light” January 2016 retreat, a retreat I later attended.
I hope the light of my poem, illuminating the shift from autumn to winter, carries you in the present as we experience the transition of seasons again – from winter into the growing light of spring.
Mid Autumn sun sinks deeper in an afternoon sky.
Grass last week glowing in beams now in shadow - thick trunks of trees.
I move my chair frantically to follow Light and warmth -
mid yard, end of yard till I run out of Space.
Almost despairing the inevitability of shrinking days and frozen nights
I notice sky still blue and spot red and yellow leaves
at top of trees unaware of Time and death swaying with wind
stretching dancing reaching for Sun.
Peter Ulisse is a recently retired English professor and Chair of Humanities at Housatonic Community College. Former president of the Connecticut Poetry Society with over 100 poems published nationally, Peter is currently teaching a mindfulness-based “Conscious Aging” course at the Trumbull Y. He does Tai Chi and has practiced meditation for 30 years.
Upcoming Programs at Copper Beech Institute
Event with Miranda Chapman and Gabriela De Golia
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m.
Candlelight Conversations provide a forum to explore the connection between contemplative practice and vital social issues.
Workshop with Tom Cushing
Friday, June 7, 2019, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ease into a beginner’s guide to T’ai Chi and Qigong and enjoy a morning of rejuvenating and revitalizing movement and contemplation.
Workshop with Chris Grosso
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Find self-acceptance during this introductory workshop by using your perfect imperfections and difficult life experiences as catalysts towards spiritual awakening through various meditations, creative exercises, compassion practices, live ambient music meditation, and more.
Overnight Retreat with Brandon Nappi at Kripalu
June 21-23, 2019
Combining laughter, storytelling, honest conversation, and live classical guitar, this program is a search for meaning and belonging. Come recover the wisdom within and learn to listen for the purpose that wants to live through you.
Overnight Retreat with Rose Pavlov
June 28-30, 2019
Join us for a weekend retreat devoted to the practice of compassion-based mindfulness for self-care and for the work of equity, inclusion, and mindful social justice in education.
Overnight Retreat with Joanna Curry-Sartori & Anna Tansi
July 12-14, 2019
Learn accessible and practical strategies to shift into your best self, connect compassionately, confidently contribute, and bring forth greater possibilities with each interaction and situation in your daily life.