PRAYER IN OCTOBER
Commander of early frosts and biting breezes,
the days swirl by swiftly now,
and I beg you to cause them to linger.
I relish these autumn blessings,
revealing as they do a calmer glory
than the dazzlements of spring.
And yet, O God, I often pause and wonder,
in these twilit afternoons,
about the years that pile like piling leaves,
like yellow piling leaves
against the walls and fences….
….Teach me to behold this season
without fear or elation –
gust and cloud and raindrop,
the smell of the fallow earth,
the driven mist, the skin a-tingle,
the last red apple clinging to its tree –
and help me to be grateful
for the need to wear a sweater
and for my quickened pace against the chill.
Yes, help me to discover,
in the moods and shadows of October,
the deeper harvests of your turning world.
~Robert Jones; from Prayers for Puppies, Aging Autos and Sleepless Nights