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
Workshop with Jackie Johnson
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Learn mindfulness principles and put them into practice with sitting and walking meditation, body scanning and mindful communication.
Course with Kathy Simpson
Tuesdays, January 8, 2019 – February 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Explore the Buddha's preliminary teachings on generosity, virtue, compassion, and connection, and discover how these qualities that have the power to ground us in a life of depth, meaning, connection, and joy.
Course with Amanda Votto
Wednesdays, January 8, 2019 - February 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn how to cultivate great compassion for self and others that helps to reduce inner negative dialogue, bolster positive states of well-being, and improve emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships.