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Autumn's Invitation - Poem and Photography

Updated on October 23, 2012
Walking a fall mantle at Rouge.
Walking a fall mantle at Rouge. | Source
Orchard Trail, Rouge Park
Orchard Trail, Rouge Park | Source

"Autumn’s Invitation"




Lazy walks to the glory of autumn and calm breathing

Oh not really; but kicking leaves falling from heaven

Makes the walk alive, rustle cries beneath my shoes

How the death of summer is pretty in its crispy hues.



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I love the crimson reds and burning oranges before me

Of lemony yellows and dark purples of an oak tree

A restless heart proceeds to paths of rocky gravel

Her dog along, chases the sounds of a squirrel.



Rouge Park
Rouge Park | Source


Always a believer I am in fall’s unduplicated splendor

The time God swings His brushes in mighty render

I say to myself, “go out there and don’t be foolish!”

“You’ll be fine in the cold; there’s nothing ghoulish.”

A kiss from a heart leaf...
A kiss from a heart leaf... | Source


So, I keep walking, glorifying God for fall’s perfection

I become its slave to every colourful direction

Then, a kiss from a falling heart blown down by cold whips

I closed my eyes, kissed it back as it touched my lips.


Frog came from above...
Frog came from above... | Source


Silent lakes and a baby otter rushing to hide

The spirited ducks didn’t part in the waters they glide

A frog spearing, leaping high above from nowhere

To smell, caress, unite with Earth’s autumn flair.

The train and its cargo.
The train and its cargo. | Source


Up we hiked more; holding onto Moses sticks for balance

Reaching a rail track, we waited for the train for once

I hear its coming, the rhythm of the train…so exciting!

Behold, journey passed us smiling, it was worth waiting.

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I love you, fall, I take your songs with me to bed after

Your leaves caught in angels’ wings and their sounds of laughter

Fills my room with their sweet angelic voices for a reason

Thank you for your arrival, the graces we bow to this season.



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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh, I miss you ishwaryaa! I have to visit you again soon.

      I enjoy the autumn season very much, but storm and periodic rain have been consistent these days and that's okay. There is beauty in each season that arrives and I ought not complain of weather changes. Thank you for your visit to this hub. Cheers!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful poem echoing the beauty of autumn. Your photos are a visual treat for readers. I could feel your enjoyment of Autumn through your verses. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello Edgar! How beautifully you have expressed your comments to this poem! I really appreciate and love it. Thank you so much!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      isenhower, thanks a bunch! It's nice to be out there and crunch leaves in my palms. :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Your love IS overflowing. Gotta give some away, lol! Thank you, my dear friend.

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      Edgar Alan Cole 4 years ago

      The detailing you used to describe every scene was incredible. I liked the way you showed strength when faced with the cold of winter. The poem illustrates the power of God in every season and the beauty He paints in the fall. Great hub!

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      Bobby Isenhower 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Good poem :) Keep up the work :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Like, no. Love yes. Love the photos! I love the abundance this hub provides. And, although spring is my favorite season of all, I do love the colors of fall.

      Geez, I am full of love today (and always).

      Great hub. Up and will be sharing!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Sommer, nice to see you! Thank you for swaying by this autumn hub. And thanks too for your generous votes. Take care. *big smile*

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      Sommer Dalton 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem and beautiful pictures, very well done! Voted up plus more:)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hey you! I'm not done with folding my laundry and here I am still glued on HP.

      You have to give me time to watch all those you've mentioned. I got these all on notepad now, hahaha. It's building up my curiosity to watch them because of the way you describe them.

      Funny kitties. Just make sure you don't bolt your door with Little Miss Tiffy still flirting outside in the night. And it is always peaceful with Mister Gabriel. Don't you envy that? Oh, maybe not, or you will not be able to share with me the music you hear.

      Take care and have a good night! :)

      p.s. Make it just A glass of red!...the fishes...don't disturb the fishes!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...yeah and those flowers were hand picked too from the origins of my heart -- lol lol - I've been called a silver tongued devil too, lol,

      I really love your open mind and your eager attitude to explore all of the differences in life - which is ironic because it's the differences between people that should bring them together NOT pull them apart - well I just finished a Spike Lee joint on dvd (in Spike's language - a joint is a film) and it was his first film called She's gotta have it from 1986. Also one of my favorite films of all time and he did this one a few years later Do the Right thing - a film about race relations in NYC (again my theory on 'differences between people) and one movie which should be shown in every classroom throughout the entire world - this film is essential - it is life and it should be seen by everyone.

      Off now for a glass of red so it might get loud here - I am telling the fish in my lake to put their earplugs in - lol - and yes Little Miss Tiffy has been outside patrolling the neighborhood tonight while Mister Gabriel who is deaf lays dead to the world and oblivious to my loud music - on my/his bed - so all is well with your 3 Canadian comrades - 1 flesh and 2 furried - sending you warm wishes, as always , and boundless good energy too at lake erie time 10:07pm

      oh yes a beauty of a film I saw last week on dvd by Canada's own Sarah Polley - Take this waltz , look for it on the Tube of You - it was shot and filmed in Toronto

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you my Lake Erie friend. Here's sending you warmth to wrap around this cold nights. I'm just an elite person who enjoys shooting from my camera. Amateur, that is. But thank you for your ever kind words. Flatter, flatter, flatter, soon you'll burn my face, LOL!!!

      Copy-pasting the names above onto Youtube. Boy, Anthony and the Johnsons...great voice!

      Kathleen Battle...gave me the goosebumps! Love the melody!

      The Michael Nyman Band...I listened to 3 pieces. Exciting and I miss listening to my piano tapes and cds, already! Well, my tapes will probably sound off tune by now. But I do have instrumental cds which I can pull out again.

      The soundtrack Eat, Pray, Love...makes me eat, pray and head to bed! Watched this movie and fell inlove in all its parts. Thank you!

      The soundtrack from a film called Elegy...I'm saving it on notepad. I have to watch this movie too.

      'Water'...haunting and romantic selection in the soundtrack...love the Piya ho translation. I swear I've seen this movie before and I couldn't recall a thing. Gotta wash my head with Water again. Refresh, refresh!!

      Adding on the list North Country as well!

      Thank you so much epi! Spent time listening and watching the titles you sent me here. Got to continue folding my laundry just right next to me on the floor. They all appear wrinkled now, hehehe.

      Got those flowers crowing my head now. *smile*

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Your hubs, my dear friend, fellow Canadian and esteemed colleague, are like a perfect slice of artistic heaven. So thoughtfully and lovingly put together with your skills as a world class photographer and as writer/poet who composes so intimately from your beautiful heart and probing mind.

      I just returned from a nice walk around the bay of my lake and watching the red sky vanish into the west horizon and it's currently lake erie time 7:45pm

      I went to the library last evening on the way into work and borrowed 27 cds - they also have a tremendous dvd collection as well. Do you ever go to the library in T.O. - the price is right - it's free - all you need is a library card.

      I know you always like for me to make some musical suggestions to you:

      well from my library collection - there is Imeda May

      Antony and the Johnsons

      Kathleen Battle (opera)

      The Michael Nyman Band

      The soundtrack from a film called Eat, Pray, Love

      The soundtrack from a film called Elegy

      and from a film called 'Water'

      I sincerely hope all is well with you and then I am happy about that.

      Having a nice cuppa of lemon honey ginseng tea right now but might get a little crazy later on with a bottle of red wine - moving onto some of your other hubs - saw a great film earlier this week starring Charlize Theron called North Country

      and sending 'imaginary' flowers to you.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you, Michelle! That's a good combination.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Marites, absolutely beautiful. This is a beautiful tribute to God, and a wonderful ode to autumn too. Sharing.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      CloudExplorer, how happy I am that you've explored this hub of mine. Thank you for putting time leaving me your generous comments. You made my day! And my gratitude too for sharing this hub on all of your networks. Wow, what a gift for me! Enjoy the rest of your day exploring.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Pretty poem here coffee, wow I like the way it flows so naturally, it gave me images as if I was in a scenery of falling leaves, your profound way of creative writing to pull in the reader is superb as well.

      Double Wow! word play, like this belongs in a book for sure, I almost felt like the wind hit me while reading it, your poetic expressiveness is so heavenly as well. This poem is definitely getting shared on all of my networks.

      Thanks for visiting my hub most recently as well, chat with ya soon.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      You will soon see the colours, picklesandrufus. It is even getting too chilly here in Toronto. Oh, and it rained tonight too. More leaves must have fallen from the rain. Thank you so much.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Loved your tribute to the fall and your lovely pictures. Our leaves have not started to turn, but I long to see the vivid colors soon!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Darrylmdavis, I thank you for your visit this fall, hahaha. Really, thank you for dropping by to this hub and for your kind appreciation.

      Rouge Park is huge and in many areas are the trail entrances. There are still trails that we have not explored. Got to go back there on summer too.

      There was this event to volunteer for a deer count and other events like bird watch and naming them, plus flora and other plants. I missed all of these opportunities. I've attended the Family Day Owl Prowl in the night, but we didn't spot any, but I enjoyed the walk in darkness, though cold.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      A beautiful write for a beautiful time of year...very appropriate. :-) I particularly liked the landscape shot of Rouge Park!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Funom, thank you for swaying your way here to my poem like a falling autumn leaf. It is nice to see you.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      Woow. Such a lovely Poem.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Gypsy, you're great! As we pay tribute to Spring, Summer and Winter, Autumn deserves the best! Winter is going to get some lovin' and admirin' too...when Winter comes whispering in my ear.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A beautiful and delightful tribute to autumn. Great pics. Passing this on.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello always exploring! Fall is a beautiful time to explore too with surprises along the way. Thank you so much. May your day be bright!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank's for sharing a beautiful piece and the photography is so lovely. I love the fall colors..

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      tobusiness, what another pleasure to have you. The mood of Autumn is yes colourful boasting with happiness and energy not refraining from the cooler whips of breeze. And when on the very last day autumn leaves the lands, it had already made impressions on man's life and time.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello teaches! Yes, the simple pleasures of a fall day, I wave my scarf to that; and with its simple pleasures there is still the intricate detail that fall entails making the season vibrant, alive and astounding.

      I'm happy that this poem had captured and given you the beauty to your moment. Much love in this cooler times...~coffee

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you Mhatter. It is a devotion to the wonder of the autumn season. Autumn lightens my heart, makes me appreciate nature at its best. Drive with ease, Mhatter, and here's wishing your day to be a colourful palette. Lotsa hugs...

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thanks Moonyeen for your enthusiasm to read the poem. Glad this autumn poem satisfied your thoughts and soul. Stay warm, my dear pretty friend.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you btrbell, "Fallicious" is God's celebrated harvest time of the goodness of His bounty He prepared for man, so man can enjoy it on his table. The colours, scent and crispiness of the season (as you mention here) will make us appreciative of life's colour and harmony; its magical attraction that desires us to be wrapped around it, and of the nourishment offerings for appetite as summer does to keep us replenished all through winter.

      Once again, thank you btrbell. May your day be filled with lovely hues of fall. ~

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wonderful images, beautiful poem, the mood of Autumn captured in all it's glorious colours. Voting up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You have reminded me of the simple pleasures of a fall day. Walking through colorful trees while hearing the leaves crunch underneath, the crisp cool air, etc. Thanks for the beauty of this moment.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful presentation! Poem and pictures laced together to bring your thoughts of autumn alive.

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      Moonyeen 4 years ago

      Beautiful poem! A verbalization of my thoughts, a song for my soul. Thanks pretty hub author for the tag :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful poem and sentiments! I just got to experience one week of fall and enjoyed the colors, scent and crispness of the season! Thank you for this!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Happyboomernurse, thank you so much for voting up and sharing this hub. I fall inlove with fall over and over again, each year that comes. I like it better breezy, but not chilly. May your day be colourful! :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Indian summer! Here in Toronto, billybuc, the drive on the highways have turned into colourful scenic views of lash trees surrounding the parks. So compact and full. Hoping that they don't all fall on certain days since the trees are just so awesome. I wish to be back in the parks again and walk over mantles of fallen leaves.

      Thank you billybuc and here's wishing for WA to fall into autumn soon so you will enjoy again kicking leaves.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem and photographs.

      I particularly loved this verse and the image that accompanied it:

      "Then, a kiss from a falling heart blown down by cold whips

      I closed my eyes, kissed it back as it touched my lips."

      Voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

      Also shared and pinned.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love to kick leaves. If fall ever gets here maybe I'll have the chance to do so. Everything is on hold here; the plants and trees seem confused as we continue to have summer weather.

      Wonderful poem; you captured the season perfectly.