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 Chris Grosso and Brandon Nappi
September 13-15, 2019
Join us as we focus on courage and strengthening our willingness to face fear fearlessly through various meditations, creative exercises, and compassion practices.
Course with Brandon Nappi
Wednesdays, September 18, 2019 - October 23, 2019, 10am-12pm
Examine commonality and differences in sacred teachings as we explore the timeless search for wisdom, transcendence, and sacred belonging.
Event with Miranda Chapman and Vamsi Koneru, Ph.D.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm.
For our third Courageous Candlelight Conversation of 2019, we will hold space for shares and reflections on the topic of trauma-informed mindfulness.