Thoughts Adrift


In colourful abandon
they float down to me
these autumn leaves
dancing in mid air.

The green of youth
flies by with
the orange of people and places.

There’s the jaded yellow
of trying, tired days
struggling for recognition
walking weary ways
midst painful paths
leading to lost hopes.

Ah! here comes the crimson maple
adding colour to a darkening day
cradled in new beginnings.

They seem to settle
in pretty patterns
rustling on the browning grass
of yesterday
rocked by a gentle breeze,
until a great gust
of wild wind whips up
the heap of happy hues
into new art
created by
a loving God.

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 01:17h, 19 November Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 06:47h, 19 November Reply

    How exquisitely Viola captures the myriad hues of autumn’s dancing leaves in the context of God’s loving creation! I am reminded of my own daily experience as I walk along the river in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The ever-changing landscape from season to season constantly reminds me of the presence of God in all His creative glory. Just this morning my eyes took in with delight ducks paddling across the bend in the river, birds chirping in the branches overhead, and sunlight casting sparkling diamonds on the water below. Like Viola, I was moved to reflect on His marvelous wonders. “God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world.”

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 06:59h, 19 November Reply

    Viola, you always see a deeper level in the beauty of God’s gifts. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lalita Figueredo
    Posted at 10:34h, 19 November Reply

    Viola, with another beautiful poem I wish to commend you to the analogy of your thoughts to the drifting autumn leaves .. beautiful!

  • Dileep Athaide
    Posted at 10:45h, 19 November Reply

    Lovely images, Viola! I am now singing The Autumn Leaves, but no doubt not as well as your husband would. Of course, like many others of our generation might, I feel you have captured the autumn of my own life through these simple yet wonderful images!

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 12:23h, 19 November Reply

    Than you Viola, that’s so beautifully expressed!! They way in which you captured the essence of God’ s creation, with deeper meaning. I am in awe of God’s great love for humanity.. God’s eternal love for us.

  • Grace Colella
    Posted at 13:13h, 19 November Reply

    What a lovely poem for this time of the year!

  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 14:36h, 19 November Reply

    Voila, what a lovely way of expressing God’s creation autumn my favorite time of the year but so short Winters here already.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 09:20h, 25 November Reply

    Touching and beautiful. As the seasons come and go, nature at its best; Lively with God everywhere.

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