A Time of Transitions

Carol A. Hand

I realize this is a little early. Yet these were my thoughts as I greeted a cool morning of glistening dew-covered grass, watching squirrels busy preparing for the coming winter.

October, Binaakwe-giizis, failing leaves moon
A time of learning and change
A time for letting go and greeting new life
How many more autumns will I see
How many more lessons to come?


Photo: Autumn Leaves

As leaves begin to turn golden
I have only this moment
To be grateful for the precious gifts
Of a life that has brought both joy and pain
Let me savor every moment
Knowing it will never come my way again.

In the falling leaves moon season of my life
This is all that I ask
Please let the wisdom of life stored from the sun
Fall from me gracefully to touch the earth
To nourish generations of life that are yet to come.

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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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24 Responses to A Time of Transitions

  1. Beautifully written. I especially like the phrase “moon season of my life”.

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  2. Tiny says:

    A wonderful poem, Carol. This is my wish too. Have a wonderful week a head.

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  3. A wonderful poem, Carol. Full of grace and peace with transitions.

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  4. tubularsock says:

    Great poem, Carol. Beautiful for the soul.

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  5. underswansea says:

    A wonderful reminder of what is really important. Take care. Bob

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  6. I love this poem it is like a beautiful view of how life changes and needing to embrace life and be happy! love

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  7. M E Cheshier says:

    All I can say is Wow!

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  8. smilecalm says:

    wonderful invocation of beautiful changes, Carol 🙂

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  9. Rajagopal says:

    Hopeful autumn thoughts, Carol, reflecting a state of dormancy and renewal that the fall really signifies. Coupled with generosity of your spirit, it makes for a moving poem…best wishes.

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  10. goroyboy says:

    Reading this I could almost hear the leaves rustle and felt transported to one of my favorite times of year. Peace to you Carol

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  11. Carol, now that I am in my late 60’s I am aware that each day is indeed precious, filled with lessons, and crucial to hold in the heart. Yet, it is so good to be reminded of these gifts by another. I hold gratitude for your gift.

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    • Thank you, Michael. I hold gratitude for your gifts as well – for your thoughtful reflections about current issues (migrations and the invisibility of Indigenous perspectives), interwoven with the present reality of our inability to transition from the very things that contribute to climate change, war, and refugees seeking safety. I send you healing thoughts and thank you for sharing photos of an East Coast sunset and the evening moon.


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