photo © 2009 by Paula Dawn Lietz

It’s Time to Go
by Paula Dawn Lietz
[originally appeared in Vol. 44 of the Other Voices International anthology]

Long spent days of
summer fade as bold strokes
of autumn begin to shade. On this canvas,
colours and textures are breathtaking in their vibrancy
and knowledge. Unequaled is this sudden labor to prepare for
rest when winter’s cold shoulders lay bare.  We follow the magical rhythm
of this endless journey of our soul.  Where beauty is ageless.
The quest timeless. We instinctively raise our eyes to the
symphony of the geese as they migrate by.
And as part of this mystical rhythmic
dance we ponder  how they know;
It’s time to leave. It’s time to go.

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© 2009 by Paula Dawn Lietz, all rights reserved
included in the Crisis Chronicles Online Library with the poet’s permission

She writes:

It
took half a century, but I finally feel like I am striding into my own.
I am taking pleasure in the beauty that is placed before me everyday
that balances the cloudy days that occur.
 
Always surrounded by
some form of art, a mother/artist and a father/photographer and a
home/studio, I was never a willing active participant until this past
year. And I now enjoy it all whether it be collages, photography,
drawing or poetry.  I try to live by the motto,
“Always be in the
process of becoming and never just being.”  And living that motto one
realizes that the possibilities are endless.

My greatest master-pieces are my two fine sons.
And my greatest love is my husband.
We live in the vast splendor of the Canadian Prairie and it is here our hearts remain no matter where we travel.
 
Paula Dawn Lietz