“Autumn Dusk”….and Happy Thanksgiving!

 Pre Thanksgivng Mountain Range to the East


It’s Hard To Tell what this photo above is, but the morning brought this weak storm front…and a dark cloud that stretched from the bottom of the horizon.  It transformed Atlanta to the east into a mountain range.  It reminded me of New Hampshire or Pennsylvania.  Quite a sight for the morning, and more spectacular outside my window than in the photo.  But!  A startling and welcome gift for the day before Thanksgiving.  I called around (at before 7am) to neighbors to look to the east outside their doors, and went down to one neighbor, Don to come out with me and gawk at the ‘mountain range’.  Don is a good sport and was as awed as I was.

Thanksgiving is a good time for enjoying the mysteries of Nature….and putting on Copeland’s  “Appalachian Spring”…the music that evokes an earlier, peaceful time when Thanksgiving wasn’t followed by Black Friday.

Peace to my nation in a time of outrageous turmoil, chaos, and Happy Thanksgiving for those of us who still give thanks.

Lady Nyo

And just for the fun of it, pix of my kitchen, and the sacrificial pumpkin from Halloween now to be a pumpkin pie.


pumpkin in kitchen

By the way, it’s a ‘pink’ pumpkin, though it shows up darker in this photo.


0403Whe-R01-009, reflection pond, j.kohut-bartels, wc, 2006


 This Autumn, a fleeting, transitory season, has brought heavy snows and bone numbing cold across our country.  Too early for this, but here in the South, it was just record breaking temps and rain.

Yesterday we had heavy winds, rain across Georgia and some areas had tornados. When the rain finally stopped, I looked outside and a huge rainbow spanned the sky.  What a visual gift to lift the spirits!  Then the clouds broke apart, their bellies turned pink and a soft blue mingled with the clouds.  Only a scant few minutes before dark fell, but what a Gainsborough moment. 

All week I have listened to the migration of Sandhill cranes, not seeing them, too high up, but hearing their cries. It signals the Winter to come, the smell of wood smoke and a landscape that is swept of fertility, just waiting the Earth to pirouette again.

Lady Nyo



Stuttering winds blow across

Clouds tinted by the failing sun.

Brittle air softens,

Now a faded blue–

Shade of an old man’s watery eyes.


A late flock of Sandhill cranes lift off,

Pale bodies blending in the

Twilight with legs

Flowing dark streamers,

Their celestial cries fall to


A harsh, chiding rain.


The trees in the valley

Are massed in darkness

As waning light leaches

Color from nature,

Creeps from field to hillock

And all below prepares for the

Rising of the Corn Moon.


Even frogs in the pond

Listen between croaks

For the intention of the night.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2014,

“Autumn Dusk” originally published in “White Cranes of Heaven”, Lulu.com, 2011

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12 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk”….and Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. TR Says:

    Hi Jane,
    I love your nature poems. “Their celestial cries fall to Earth”

    I visualize an autumn dusk while I read because you capture it beautifully. xxTR


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, TR! I appreciate so much when people take these poems and visualize their own environments. This was a pretty early poem, (2010??) but one that threw me into poetry in a more serious way.

    Autumn is my favorite season…hands down….the visual display and then the disappearing of this….the blank canvas of Winter…well, it gives such poetic inspiration to any poet.

    It’s the perfect season for Thanksgiving! LOL! I am so thankful for the omnipotence of Nature….all the problems of the earth and humankind seem small compared to this incredible display. Thanksgiving is also the holiday that has such meaning to so many….or could have. It’s not about wealth, gifts, position or power….our thankfulness falls on our shoulders….personally and individually. That’s IF we can open ourselves to the beauty and natural gifts around us. Plus, the smell of turkey and pumpkin pie puts me into a trance!

    Love, Jane…and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband.

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  3. johnallenrichter Says:

    I love how you painted the image of their the birds’ trailing legs as they lift off. It had me right there in the field with them.


  4. Caliban's Sister Says:

    Hi Jane, I love this poem, and the way you are always intuitively embedded in nature. Wishing you a good Thanksgiving, with fond memories of Chessie, a good meal, and narcs at a far remove. sending you love. CS


  5. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Sweetheart! And to you, my dear friend. May your Thanksgiving be full of peace, quietude and contemplation. And give your dear doggies a kiss on the muzzle for me.

    Love, Jane


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Hi John! So good to hear from you. Hope you are well and preparing for a quiet Thanksgiving.

    Thank you. The Sandhill cranes are marvelous birds, though I have to say that I have only heard them, rarely seen them. They are so distinctive in their cries that one gets used to them. And I love how they will spend minutes or more circling around like the GPS is broken. LOL!

    So glad to reconnect with you, John.

    Hugs, Jane


  7. TR Says:

    “It’s not about wealth, gifts, position or power….our thankfulness falls on our shoulders….personally and individually.”

    So true, autumn is the perfect season for Thanksgiving. Practicing thanks is personal and individual.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your DH too. Love, TR


  8. ladynyo Says:

    And a Wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your husband! I’m sitting here upstairs looking out a large window to the East, and there is a weather phenon. of a dark cloud that stretches across the horizon. it’s something I have never seen before, and transforms the sight into something like a mountain range! It reminds me of New Hampshire or Pennsylvania! I got Fred up to take a picture and when it finally comes through my computer, I’ll post it on the blog front. I also called around to my sleepy neighbors and went down to another one who is an early riser, and got him to get up and come out with me an look at the East! Wow! This is amazing.

    Love, Jane…Perfect for Thanksgiving!!!


  9. TR Says:

    Wow, that ‘mountain range’ was caused by a cloud. Nature is beautiful and so powerful, we yield to both. What a treat for your neighbors. Hugs to you.


  10. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, we yield to both. Well said.

    And I do hope my neighbors are still talking to me when I tried to get them up before 7am! LOL!

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear TR!

    Hugs, Jane

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  11. TR Says:

    Love the kitchen! LOL – the “sacrificial pumpkin from Halloween now to be a pumpkin pie.” Have a wonderful day filled with love, laughter in a cozy home. Hugs, TR


  12. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, TR! The kitchen looks better in a photo…LOL!

    Fred built that simple table from wood we squirrled out of a 130 year old house in the mountains….it was falling down, it was from the kitchen part of the old house. Must have been something a century ago. Those planks are 18 inches across….pine. There is no stain on them, just varnish. It’s a miracle of Nature how huge those trees must have been.

    Made the pie last night….put a wee drop of Drambuie in it, and pecans on top, and wonder how it will taste. LOL!

    You and your dear Husband have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

    Love, Jane

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