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
Overnight Retreat with Mark Nepo
October 18-20, 2019
Based on Mark Nepo’s new book, Drinking from the River of Light, this workshop will center on the lifelong process of listening, reflecting, and expressing, and on how bearing witness to the truth of living reveals the mysteries of life.
Overnight Retreat with Beth Mulligan and Brandon Nappi in Madison, CT
October 20-25, 2019
Exploring and practicing the foundational teachings of Mindfulness in a 5 night silent residential retreat. Led by certified MBSR and Mindfulness Teachers Beth Mulligan and Brandon Nappi at Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT.
Workshop with Theresa Nyrgren and Angela Mazur
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10am-2pm
Join us as we discover how mindful eating can liberate us from our struggle with food and body weight, helping us learn to trust our bodies in the process.
Overnight Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault
Nov. 8-14, 2019 or Nov. 8-10, 2019
Join us for a 6-night or weekend silent retreat that provides a sacred opportunity for a large Community of Contemplatives to gather as a healing presence to the world and to one another.
Hosted by Kara Sundlun
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate five years of Copper Beech Institute’s healing mission in the world with a silent auction and an evening of food, live music, dancing to the greatest hits of the last five decades.