Tuesday, 8 March 2011


“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” - Elizabeth Lawrence

A cool, grey, rainy day today. The weather bureau has reported that the La Niña pattern affecting Australia is the strongest since 1917. It started in the middle of last year and has contributed to the warmest oceans on record around Australia. Floods have drenched wide areas in recent months, wrecking properties, cutting off roads and filling rivers and dams. The current weather cycle is expected to end in the next two months and the forecast beyond is for a wetter-than-normal winter and a drier-than-normal spring.

When I came home from work today, I sat for a few minutes under the covered gazebo, looking at the garden. The rain was quietly falling and the picture was one of summer departing gently. A cool, wet summer that came in reluctantly and now is leaving us on tiptoe. As if we are sleeping and wishes to cede its reigning place to Autumn surreptitiously. I felt tired and old all of the sudden. The lingering cold that I have has not helped and sniffling, coughing and sputtering I hurried inside, mindful of my silliness and shaking off my chill.

I have a meeting later this week with the publishers that I work with to discuss a new edition of one of my books. It is going well and it is its time to be updated in a new edition. This signals another big project looming ahead. Summer’s end, autumn’s beginning. The season of fruitfulness an abundance, ushering in the desolate winter with its deathly chill…

The poem below written just now:

Summer’s End

Sun rises reluctantly each morning now,
And evening falls all of the sudden rapidly.
The leaves started to yellow on the bough,
And evening drags on, lengthening vapidly.

Rain falls, the garden yields a harvest rich;
Cool now at night, mist rises lazily at dawn.
Water collects in puddles, runs in dirty ditch;
And afternoons become greyer, long-drawn.

Flowers fade, rose hips start to redden
While fruits on branches ripen steadily.
Melancholy sets in, optimism starts to deaden
And thoughts turn to maturity readily.

My life’s work is reaching now its summer’s end
A bounteous autumn or a barren winter to attend.


  1. Very beautiful, Nick. Your descriptions or nature and changing seasons never fail to capture the imagination. And as your summer gives way to fall and winter, we are just beginning to see signs of our own spring. I so enjoy pondering that juxtaposition each time you write of the seasons.

    I was especially moved by your poem and its double-entendre. I find myself at about that same moment in life as you. I'm becoming more existential as I age, and think little of life's purpose or the future. I'm trying to hold onto my optimism (sometimes melancholy) as long as I can.

    Thank you for this very beautiful post. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  2. Sorry to hear you are unwell, Nicholas. Get well soon!
    Your poem is touching and beautiful. As life flows by we can often look back on everything we have been through and feel melancholy.
    However, as you say in your poem there are fruits of our labours to be enjoyed in the time of harvest. Every season has its joys, even bleak winter, which is the time of firesides and Christmases, warm houses and good company!

  3. It is sad but I find it uplifting too in some strange way....
    Lovely poem Nic!!!!
    Hope you are well now!!!!

  4. Equating Autumn with middle age is well cariied through