Even though moving to Florida from New Jersey has been a huge and positive change in my life, there are some things about the Tri-State area I miss. For one thing, the beauty of autumn– the colorful changes of leaves in trees and on the ground. I love seeing these along the road when I’m driving, especially when I’m travelling through rustic North Jersey and Hudson Valley. Of course, I won’t see any of that in the Orlando area.
In tribute to autumn, last week I wrote a tanka poem called “Autumn, Welcome”:
Leaves crunch underneath
My feet as I kick away
The wind sweeps away the leaves
While time sweeps away summer.
By the way, to get in the Halloween mood, I read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. This is something I’ve been doing annually for a few years now. I also want to read “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. If anyone can recommend a good horror novel/short story, I’m open to hearing it.