The change of the seasons is one of my favorite parts of living in Maryland, and my absolute favorite season is autumn. For me, I was always excited to start back to school as a kid, my birthday also comes in September, and the excitement of the holiday season is around the corner. And of course the beauty of Mother Nature, the changing leaves, the chrysanthemums, and the orange glow of the autumn sun peaking through the leaves, browning and vibrant red. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love making pumpkin soup, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin pie.
I also love the Sufi poet Khalil Gibran, who has a beautiful passage about preparations for autumn. This is an excerpt from “The Life of Love” by Khalil Gibran. I share it in a spirit of celebration and peaceful reflection on this Autumnal Equinox.
“The time of the harvest approaches, and the sun’s eyes are ripening the grain.
Let us tend the fruit of the earth, as the Spirit nourishes the grains of Joy from seeds of Love, sowed deep in our hearts…”
Let us go and gather the grapes of the vineyard for the wine press, and keep the wine in old bases, as the spirit keeps Knowledge of the ages in eternal vessels.
Let us return to our dwelling, for the wind has caused the yellow leaves to fall and shroud the withering fliers that whisper elegy to summer.
Come home, my eternal sweetheart, for the birds have made pilgrimage to warmth and left the chilled prairies suffering pangs of solitude. The jasmine and myrtle have no more tears…
The cautious hills have stored away their colorful garments…”