It’s the first day of Fall
Not much changes today, at all.
The children already fill the halls.
The incremental ratcheting down of pace
from high summer to deep winter
Is already a half run race.
The temperature’s cooler, dark comes earlier.
The wind’s more “bracing”, animals furrier.
But still, today is about balance.
Day and night in equal measure.
Yin and Yang at nature’s leisure.
A chance to pause, take stock, reflect.
Let the fall season’s quietness set.
Take the turn from outward action
of newborn spring and teenaged summer
to the gathering and tending faction
of fall’s nurturing and maturing mother.
Storing food and building cozy nests
in prudent readiness and busy preparation
For the darker colder month’s rest
and relaxation, or more aptly: hibernation.
This Autumn Equinox take a moment
to center yourself, take a breath.
Breathe in. Believe you are potent.
Breathe out. Release all the rest.