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A Glimpse into the Shadows of My Life
By Patty L. Fletcher – Lady Laya MoonWalker
October 29, 2022
Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous
Tarot Card for today, ‘The Hanged Man’
I cannot believe it’s mid-fall of 2022. It seems as though only yesterday it was early September 2019 and I was setting my writing goals for autumn and winter.
Now, here I am so far removed from who, what and where I was all that time ago, and on one hand I’m thrilled with the excitement of discovery lurking around the bend and on the other I’m near breathless with the realization of the current of the passing of time.
Not long ago, I was reading my Facebook newsfeed and happened upon someone’s post in which they were lamenting the coming early darkness of evening.
They spoke of how the darkness frightened them and I was reminded of how I once misunderstood and feared this time of year.
Suddenly, without thought I was dictating a poem into a post of my own.
Surprisingly, it came out clear and later, when back on my computer, I copied it, did a bit of editing here and there, then after a bit of thought, I sent a note to Christy, a dear friend of mine who loves taking nature photos while hiking in the mountains and soon I had a photo to go with my poem.
After sending the whole mess to my editors, the following poem was born.
I understand it will soon appear in The Weekly Avocet Nature Magazine and I couldn’t be more pleased.
I hope it brings joy and comfort to all who read. For fall of the year is not a fearful time.
Fall, is a time to reap one’s harvest of toil.
It is a time of rest, and renewal. A time to search one’s self to discern whether goals from the previous spring and summer were met, why and why not.
A time of study and contemplation.
A time of looking deep into one’s soul.
It is not a time of fear or recrimination.
It is a time of snuggling underneath a lovely blanket with someone treasured and beloved.
So, ‘Fear Not the Darkness’.
Remember, without the darkness, there can be no appreciation of the light to come.
Fear not the winter months.
Fear not the darkness.
For without the darkness, there would be no appreciation of the light.
This is a time of rest, relaxation, and renewal.
It is autumn.
The leaves are falling from the trees,
The earth is going to sleep,
The mother knows it is time to rest,
The mother knows without rest,
You cannot renew.
Fear not the darkness.
Patty L Fletcher
Kingsport Tennessee – USA
October 20, 2022.
Photo taken by Christy McMakin at Mendota Mountain.
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.