These dark days of autumn rain, are beautiful as days can be;
the desolate, deserted trees, the faded earth, the heavy sky;
I learned to know the love of dark November days.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's Poetry Party – such a beautiful and transcendent collection of poems await you there. Pour yourself a cup of tea, wrap yourself in a blanket, and relish these dark November days by honoring the ancestors. This is the month of the dead in the Christian calendar, when the world moves toward the beautiful mystery of darkness.
The winner of this week's random drawing for a copy of Sacred Poetry: An Invitation to Write is Kate Jobe. Kate, email me at Christine@AbbeyoftheArts.com with your snail mail and I will send that off to you.
Blessings on your weekend. May this season of autumn continue to bring you wisdom about your own call to release and surrender.
(Photo taken on All Saint's Day – November 1st – on the Hood Canal at the beautiful retreat center where we hold our trainings and retreats)
© Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts:
Transformative Living through Contemplative & Expressive Arts