Autumnal Mood

There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

There’s deep serene perched on clear blue skies of an autumn day. The kind of calm with an aura of authority, even the hurried and flustered lower the pace. Lake clasps the moment and welcomes the sun to shine. Peace and solitude occupy space, not only by the lakeside but in every breath taken and released.

Earthy and fresh, nature puts on a spectacular display. Red and gold leaves; a majestic fall. How can a warbler ask for a poem, when it already knows the song in my heart? How can it ask, for every autumn leaf falling is poetry!

A smile glows; a heart filled with gratitude for Autumn and I have a mutual understanding. Ours was an obscure relationship at first, for Summer led me believe I was her baby. Because down south, October is one of those simmering months; spring overlapping with summer.

But, October loved me before I was born. Now Autumn, generous, opens her arms and calls a name. It is to this silence and peace, I respond.

process note: As I celebrate another birthday, I take a closer look at how nature continues to inspire and help me put things into perspective. And I can’t help but be grateful.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. My best season of all. Autumn does things to my spirit that I doubt I can express in words. Lovely post and a happy birthday to you Khaya 🙂

  2. Khaya, now I’m smiling at your moving and tender tribute to Autumn, lyrical and dreamy. Beautiful phrasing throughout, such as ‘for every autumn leaf falling is poetry!’ Wishing you many joyful inspirational moments! ????

  3. Beautiful, Khaya. What a lovely way to welcome autumn into the year. I love the awakening of spring, but the glory of autumn is something special. Happy Birthday.

  4. I call that October embrace.? Do I dream in poetry? Good question, I need to pay more attention to my dreams. Thank you KC for reading!

  5. Finnish autumn has that effect. And the muse often returns from the summer break at this time of the year. ? Thank you so much, Annika!?

  6. Birthday happiness! How wonderful that nature provides you such a fabulous feast to celebrate it with 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday!! Yes, we all should be truly grateful!
    I love your words so much Khaya! I always feel like a new person when Autumn comes around! Like I can tackle the world, but at the same time, I am so much at peace! Big Hugs!

  8. Happy Birthday, Khaya! 😀 This is such a lovely write… I love Autumn so this was a delight to read! ❤️

  9. What a lovely description of Autumn, Khaya.
    Many happy returns for your Birthday, sorry it’s late! xxx

  10. Ow happy birthday my dear wonderful Khaya. Wising you more grace and favour from God. Be blessed in all that you do my darling friend. 🙂

  11. Aaw, thank you Ally. I appreciate the birthday wishes, and it’s never too late as I celebrate mine for whole month of October. ???

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