The Autumn Bench

Here we are at my 101st post!  A good time to reminisce.

It seems like yesterday I was pulling together a smattering of photos to share in a celebration post on the first day of summer for Kathy’s Delightsome Life Return To Loveliness link-up.  One of those shots was a favorite of mine:

It’s the bench under the rhododendron in our front garden that was bathed in the falling pink petals from its recent May flowering.  Such a sweet, restful photo – don’t you just want to sit there?

Coming home from work yesterday, I noticed this exact spot – now decidedly in the throes of fall.

Rather lonely, wouldn’t you say?  Somewhat bleak.  A dreary fall day with all traces of warmth and pinks gone.  Summer’s dead leaves blanket the ground surrounding the bench, now.

Reminds me of a poem I wrote as a child, and often think of at this time of year – you know – that reverie thing this writer is apt to fall into . . .

The last leaf of an old oak tree
Came tumbling down to where it should be.
Down it came 
To the all but PINK colored ground.

Alas, it has died.
But, do not despair.
For next year there’ll be
A new leaf – everywhere!
Taking joy in the seasons – and the hope of new and everlasting life!
Sharing my Autumn Bench with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Beautiful in the spring, but I like the lovely autumn look also.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Happy Pink Saturday, Kathryn. This is such a lovely spot, and it does take a different look with the change of the season. I love your poem.♥

    Did you get the e-mail I sent you? I hope to hear from you soon.

  3. What a sweet poem, Kathy! I love it. Thank you for that wonderful compliment on my Pink Saturday post! I knew all the cat people would “get it!” Hugs, Cindy

  4. Love both shots!

    Pink Fairy

  5. I like the seasonal photo comparison, a comfortable change. I still want to sit on the bench, but now, with my sweatshirt on and a warm mug in my hands…

  6. I’m with Maureen, that fall picture looks just as inviting as the spring shot! I came here through your link on Pink Saturday – what a wonderful blog, I’ll be sure to visit again!

  7. Great poem, and a great reminder for me. I need the reminder because I am one that doesn’t do well with the seasonal change. I have lived most of my life in Florida—where it’s always warm and green—and the grey, bleak, barrenness of fall and winter is very difficult for me. We’re hoping to move back to the Deep South, but until that happens, I have to not only live, but thrive, in an environment not of my choosing. Thanks for the reminder…after winter comes spring.


  8. “No winter lasts forever.
    No spring skips its turn.”
    ~Hal Borland

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