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Perspective: The Endless Autumn Of My Boyhood

Dan Kenney

“There they are!”

I watched the thin black ribbon of Canadian geese, gracefully winging over walnut trees and across the south pasture.

I took off running through the tall clover. I followed their slow descent into a farm pond.

It was my tenth autumn on this piece of land, and I was just awakening to the larger world around me.

I laid watching through golden October grass, as the geese settled in for the night.

In the distance I saw the barn where my father was milking cows. I saw him moving around in the pale light of the barn’s naked bulbs, casting a slanted yellow path out into the calming barnyard.

57 years later, with the first chill, I am carried back to that night and what I felt laying on the damp ground.

My relationship with nature has been my anchor, and inspired my expanding sense of wonder. No matter where I am, I seek out even the smallest piece of nature, or at sunset find my way to a view of the horizon.

We can never hold all this Earth has to offer. But, if we are lucky, if we are awake to it, if we are living a life as an open door, we may have an autumn evening that provides us with a lifeline ribbon that connects our beginning with our ending.

I’m Dan Kenney, and this is my perspective.

Dan Kenney is a retired elementary school teacher and the founder of DeKalb County Community Gardens. He's also a published poet and writer.