11TH ISSUE Our Life and Literature

Autumn : The Festival Of Red Leaves

Maryam Qureshi

When the leaves change their colors in Autumn, they give a new meaning to the season of grey and gloom. Orange, red, yellow and violet leaves look like some flowers of a new kind of Spring. They attract all the artists, photographers, writers and poets. Artists and photographers attract towards the beautiful colors of Autumn to have a great variety of images for their art galleries. The writers and poets would love to write and adore this adorable and unusual kind of natural event.

“To Autumn”, by the great English poet Keats is one of the best poems for paying tribute to this wonderful “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, Keats admires Autumn by these famous words,

“Where are the songs of Spring? Ay,
Where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy
music too,”

Emily Bronte said these lovely words to admire Autumn,

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the Autumn tree”.

Albert Camus admired Autumn in this way,

“Autumn is a second spring when every
leaf is a flower”.

For being a poet myself, I found the inspiration for writing my first ever tanka poem in the Marvelous phenomena of the departure of Spring and the arrival of Autumn,

“Departure of Spring
Flowers ready to wither
Under barren touch___
Homecoming of bare Autumn
The Festival of red leaves

(Appeared in print and online of Tanka Journal issue # 1 published by Prolific Press Inc.)

In her famous novel, “To the Light House”, Virginia Woolf said,

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full
of trees and changing leaves.”
As in the words of Elizabeth Lawrence,
“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”
Its not only the beauty of nature that is visible in the colorful, fallen leaves but it also contains
a message for the rest of the world that if we want to grow and evolve further, we should become
more patient when we leave certain things behind.
As Andrea Gibson has said,
“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling
like they’re falling in love with the ground.”



Maryam Qureshi holds an MA in English Literature and Linguistics. She is a poet and writer her work has appeared in several journals published by Profilic Press Inc. (Publishing house in USA).

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