The tree outside my window once had many bright green leaves,
Then yellow, orange, red they fall til’ bare, it’s branches grieve.
Though wind and frost and season’s change will take it’s colored ends,
The sturdy tree stands still and tall, just waiting for the mends
That come with Spring, which follows cold–that wintry, darkened season;
When leaves and color come again, and bring back all the reason
For this lonely tree, when all is gone, and winter takes it’s light,
To hope for what it knows will come, but is not within sight.
Hold on to hope, it’s all we have to get us through the cold,
For Autumn leaves will soon bring Spring if hope is what we hold.
I wrote this poem in college when I was living in northern Utah, a place which truly celebrates all four seasons. If I could live my whole life in those fleeting weeks when summer ends and winter has not yet struck, I would be elated.
I remember looking out my bedroom window at a beautiful, grand tree who’d scattered the grassy hill with it’s yellow, orange, then red leaves. I was terribly sad that such a golden season, so short lived, was already ending. Even more sad was I of the endless winter that inevitably brought chill and snow, short days and dark nights. Hope of Spring always got me through those wintry days. Now I live in a place that only has two seasons: hot summer and cold summer; how I miss that beautiful, grand tree who caught the colors of Autumn and left them by my window.
Photo: Alpine, Utah by Ivan Ho (my talented brother)
PS- find my other poem here
I am in Utah again, for my brother’s wedding. The sunsets here take my breath away. And just in case you thought I filtered these at all…they are untouched. It was that gorgeous.
Photos by Ivan Ho, my brother 🙂
We’ve been on the road for the past few days, and now we’re staying at my husband’s family’s cabin in Utah, aka the wild wild west.
This ^^ was my babe’s #OOTD. He is so cute when he gets into his wilderness gear!We are hiking, sliding, and sweating our way to the 4th of July. My sister in-law & family are staying at the cabin too. She is adventurous and smart and has adorable 1/4 Asian kiddos. I love them.
Independence Day is one of my favorite American holidays. No matter where in the world I am on that day, I recognize the freedoms my country (no matter how imperfect) affords me. I can’t wait for the fireworks!
It was windy & chilly; a typical San Francisco summer day, in Golden Gate Park! But none the less, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival was delicious and hilarious, AND I sure did learn a lot! Buying local-grown, fresh food seemed to be the take-away message. That, and…don’t ever leave home without your trusty magenta Northface windbreaker (and a scarf)! You never know (or in the case of SF locals–you always know) when a chilly wind will come.